The House Lyme Caucus members sent this letter to the House Appropriations Committee for inclusion in the 2020 Labor HHS Appropriations.
This section contains information on legislation that has been introduced and/or passed by the federal government and individual states. It includes sections that contain the position the Lyme Disease Association has taken on various bills, if any; information on how to contact your legislator; and what you can do to help specific laws be passed or defeated. Additionally, there is a section on various government departments. From time to time, the LDA will post articles from the departments/agencies in these sections that pertain to Lyme disease that might be of interest or importance to the public, including policies being considered or adopted.
It is important for the LDA to take a lead role in forming relationships with all levels of government. Laws and policy decisions often affect how Lyme disease is viewed by the public and physicians, and LDA needs to clearly articulate the problems which are created by government actions or which can be rectified by government actions. Additionally, we need to ensure that the information presented to government officials is accurate and supported by science.
Since 2016, the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP) has received a $5 million Congressional appropriation each year to allocate to awardees focused on Lyme disease research or research on other tick-borne disease (TBDs). Awards address at least one of four TBDRP focus areas which include diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and […]
Lorraine Johnson, JD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer of LymeDisease.org delves into the importance of meaningful patient representation on the Federal HHS Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) in her latest blog. This is especially important as we await the announcement of panelists to the new TBDWG charged with the next report to Congress due in 2020. […]
The Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Congressional Town Meeting will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 6:45pm-930pm at the Wall Township Municipal Building Community Room, 2700 Allaire Rd, Wall Township, NJ. The town meeting is sponsored by US Congressman Christopher H. Smith. Hear from nationally-recognized Lyme disease experts about current efforts to combat Lyme and Tick-Borne diseases, updates on diagnosis and treatment, and how to protect yourself and your family, and more. LDA president, Pat Smith, will join US Congressman, Christopher H. Smith; CDC, Deputy Director, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Ben Beard, PhD; and Richard Horowitz, MD as speakers at the meeting […]
March 27, 2019 House Appropriations Committee Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Member Day Hearing 1:00:30 to 1:02:20 (Lyme & TBD Discussion) Congressman Smith (NJ) testifies about working with Pat Smith and the Lyme community since 1992, pushing for an advisory committee since 1998, how language finally got put into 21st century cures act and the first […]
The May 10, May 15-16, and June 21, 2018 meeting summaries of the HHS Tick-Borne Disease Working Group are now available. Click on the following links and then click on “Meeting Summary.” June 21, 2018, TBDWG Meeting (on-line) May 15-16, 2018, TBDWG Meeting (in-person) May 10, 2018, TBDWG Meeting (on-line) The May 10, […]
Rep. Chris SmithRep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Lyme Disease Caucus, reintroduced legislation on January 3rd, the first legislative day of the 116th Congress, to create a new national strategy on Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases and have a better coordinated federal response across agencies to fight, treat and prevent […]
The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force (Task Force) was established to propose updates to best practices and issue recommendations that address gaps or inconsistencies for managing chronic and acute pain. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is overseeing this effort with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of […]
The CDC released a series of articles and papers on the new tick Haemaphysalis longicornis (Hl), also known as the Asian longhorned tick, which has already spread to 8 other states after being discovered in NJ in 2017. Read about a call to action for vector-borne disease prevention and control to include a national strategy. […]