The bipartisan Congressional Epilepsy Caucus was launched in February 2023 with the aim of bringing together Members of Congress to raise awareness about the epilepsies and implement meaningful policies. This effort will continue to elevate the voice of the epilepsy community in the nation’s capital.
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Epilepsies are diseases or disorders of the brain which cause reoccurring seizures. It is a spectrum disease comprised of many diagnoses including an ever-growing number of rare epilepsies. There are many different types of seizures and varying levels of seizure control.
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Epilepsy, seizures, and their severity are different person-to-person, but epilepsy often impacts many aspects of an individual’s life including needed health care, employment, education and transportation.
About one-third of people with epilepsy live with uncontrolled seizures despite available treatments and many experience challenges affording and accessing needed treatments in a timely manner.
People with epilepsy are more likely to have comorbidities including anxiety, depression, and autism. Stigma and discrimination are still unfortunately common.
Epilepsy and/or seizures impose an annual economic healthcare burden of at least $54 Billion.
3.4 million Americans with epilepsy, including 470,000 children.
Raising awareness in Congress about the many forms of epilepsy and the needs of people with the epilepsies
Providing Seizure First Aid training to Congressional Staff and the Capitol Hill community
Protecting crucial health care coverage policies like Medicare’s Six Protected Classes and improving coverage of needed health care services, treatments, and devices
Advancing data, research and innovation to better understand and treat the epilepsies
Protecting the rights of people with the epilepsies
Promoting the needs of people with the epilepsies through legislation and appropriations
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