Congress passed AAN-driven legislation on Monday that will create up to six Epilepsy Centers of Excellence within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Congress passed AAN-driven legislation on Monday, introduced by Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) that will create up to six Epilepsy Centers of Excellence (ECoE) within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. These centers “will be responsible for creating a national system of care and research for both new veterans experiencing epilepsy and the 89,000 currently enrolled veterans with epilepsy.” John Booss, MD, a former director of neurology at the VA and member of AAN’s Legislative Affairs Committee, helped draft the bill and said, “With veterans coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq after suffering from traumatic brain injury, the VA is certain to see a spike in epilepsy cases that they are not prepared to adequately address… This legislation will restore the VA as a national leader in epilepsy care and research.”
The ECoEs will be located in the VA Polytrauma Rehab Centers, which are designed to provide care for veterans and returning service members “with injuries to more than one physical region or organ system.” The locations include:
In order for the above locations to become officially designated as an ECoE, the facilities will have to meet the following criteria:
(Source: Summary of H.R.2818,
Do you think the legislation passed by Congress is a positive move? Will this help neurologists treat service members with epilepsy?