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The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Epilepsy program tracks epilepsy, seizures, risk factors, co-occurring conditions and access to care through surveys and research; partners with epilepsy organizations like the Epilepsy Foundation to promote prevention, raise awareness and reduce stigma; supports trainings for health care providers, schools, law enforcement and others to recognize seizures and deliver the right care; and connects people with epilepsy to programs that teach self-management skills and improve emotional health. The CDC’s Epilepsy program is funded every year through the congressional appropriations process.

Position

In Federal Fiscal Year 2021, the Foundation urges Congress to provide $11.5 million for the CDC’s Epilepsy program.

Status

Congress is completing work on the Fiscal Year 2021 budget. The House approved a $1 million increase for the CDC Epilepsy program and the Senate Appropriations Committee recommended level funding. The Foundation is advocating for the $1 million increase (for a total of $10.5 million) in the final bill.

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