In late September 2018, Congress passed, and the President signed H.R. 6157, the fiscal year 2019 spending bill that encompasses appropriations for the Departments of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education. This was the first time in a decade that the Pentagon was funded on time and the first time 22 years since appropriations for the Departments of Labor, HHS and Education were enacted before the September 30th deadline.
The budgets for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) fall under HHS. Overall, the NIH received a $2 billion increase and the CDC received a $126 million increase from last year. The epilepsy programs at the CDC received $8.5 million while the Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS) received a set-aside of $3.6 million for epilepsy programs. The CDC received $5 million to establish the National Neurological Conditions Surveillance System, which will provide better information like incidence and prevalence on neurological conditions including epilepsy.