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Senate Bill in Legislature/Allison DeBattista/Epilepsy Foundation of Louisiana

Anne Cutler talks to Allison DeBattista about the work of the Foundation and a bill in the current legislative session that impacts 1.2 million Louisiana residents covered by Medicaid.

Epilepsy Foundation of Louisiana



What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a condition characterized by recurrent seizures, which are brief changes in the brain’s normal functioning. Also known as seizure disorders, epilepsy affects over two million Americans, or approximately one percent of the population. Epilepsy can occur for a multitude of reasons, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, social status, or general intelligence. Approximately fifty percent of all new cases of epilepsy begin in childhood.

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