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Issue Background

Senate Votes Down Bill to Unravel ACA

Thank you to more than 2,000 members of the epilepsy community who wrote to the House and Senate in opposition to proposals for health care reform that would have endangered access to care for people with epilepsy.

Learn more about the Epilepsy Foundation's advocacy on the Affordable Care Act and read our position statement at

On July 28, 2017, the Senate ended debate and voted on the Health Care Freedom Act, a bill that would have left millions without health coverage and further destabilized access to health care for many Americans. This bill was defeated and now the health care debate can move on as a bipartisan effort to help all Americans including those with epilepsy and chronic conditions.

The Epilepsy Foundation advocates for access to quality health care that is affordable and comprehensive, and that meets the needs of individuals with serious and chronic health conditions and disabilities. We are dedicated to implementation, strengthening and enforcement of the patient protections created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), especially as they relate to health plans offered in the ACA Marketplace and Medicaid expansion. We applaud the Senate for realizing the consequences of the Health Care Freedom Act, and look forward to the bipartisan health care proposals that will be discussed in the coming months.