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Epilepsy Medication Program

Contact the Epilepsy Program

The Epilepsy Services Medication Program (EMP) is a safety net program that provides epilepsy medication to clients when they need assistance paying for it. Brand name medication will only be issued when the client provides a statement from the prescriber that includes the following:

  • Brand name medication is medically necessary
  • Use of the generic version of the medication was attempted by the patient and was not
  • effective or use of the generic version of the medication has not been attempted due to the severity of the patient’s epilepsy


To qualify for the EMP the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a self-declared resident of Florida
  • Be uninsured, lacking insurance that covers epilepsy medication or have an insurance deductible or co-pay that s/he cannot a­fford, and have a net family income at or below 100% of the federal poverty guidelines
  • Have no more than $2,500 in private funds, bank accounts, or assets other than a homestead
  • Not a current Medicaid recipient


To enroll into the EMP the applicant must complete the Epilepsy Sevices Medication Program Application. The applicant must submit the application, a recent prescription for epilepsy medication, a physician statement (if applicable), and proof of the following verification documents: identity, residency, income, and insurance.


For prospective members, the client must submit a completed application, verification documents, current prescription, and a physician statement (if applicable). In the event the CHD does not have a licensed pharmacy on site, the prescription will be sent to the Bureau of Public Health Pharmacy located in Tallahassee, Florida to be filled. The client will receive the prescription via certified mail where they must sign upon receipt of the medication.

To get prescriptions filled as a member of the EMP, the client must bring a recent prescription to a county health department (CHD) or complete the online refill home delivery form.  

You can find the nearest CHD based on your county of residence or address. Simply enter the information and click search.

For additional information on the Epilepsy Medication Program, contact the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention at (850) 245-4330.