Epilepsy in the News MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND EPILEPSY
Recently CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in 2010
Gupta, hosted a special report on medical marijuana. One
to make preventive care—including family planning and
of the families profiled was the Figis of Colorado. Their
related services—more accessible and affordable for many
daughter, Charlotte, lives with Dravet Syndrome – a rare
Americans. While some provisions of this law have already
and severe form of epilepsy with seizures that cannot be
taken affect, more provisions will be implemented in this
controlled by medication. Matt and Paige Figi, after many
failed treatments, turned to medical marijuana as a potential treatment for their 5-year-old daughter.
Starting October 1st 2013, enrollment for the Health Insurance Exchange will begin. In MN, the Exchange is accessed via an online tool called the Health Insurance Marketplace (which helps people find, compare and purchase health insurance). In 2014, most people must be enrolled in a health insurance plan either through their employer or through the Marketplace. Additional changes to be aware of include: • Individuals with a pre-existing condition cannot
be denied coverage
• Eligibility for Medical Assistance will expand • Affordability will be increased through premium The Epilepsy Foundation is open and committed to exploring
tax credits and cost sharing reductions
and advocating for all potential treatment options for
Contact our Information & Referral service for resources
epilepsy -- assuming they are proven safe and effective. This
regarding the MN Health Insurance.
includes medical marijuana (cannabis). However, research into medical marijuana and seizure control is not complete. Visit the LOCAL NEWS section of www/efmn.org to read the Foundation’s full article about cannabis and epilepsy.
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