On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed the Kay Hagan Tick Act into law as part of an end-of-year spending package that had passed both Houses. The bill had been introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) in the House and by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) in the Senate. The bill language was changed in […]
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.
The 11th meeting of the Tick-borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) will be held on January 28 and 29, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET on both days (times are tentative). The HHS.gov site has announced that, for this meeting, the eight subcommittees will present their findings and potential actions for the TBDWG to […]
Congressman Antonio Delgado (NY) introduced the Stamp Out Lyme Disease Act with Original Co-sponsors Christopher Smith (NJ), Collin Peterson (MN), and Lee Zeldin (NY), a bipartisan effort to raise funds for Lyme disease research. The bill provides an easy way for the public to contribute to research for Lyme disease and related tick-borne diseases within […]
The Senate Tick Act (Collins, ME) was passed out of the Senate HELP Committee; however, it was a different bill than the one that was originally submitted to the Senate Committee that many Lyme groups supported. The HELP committee replaced it in its entirety with a Manager’s Amendment, submitted “in the nature of a substitute,” which still keeps the same bill number, S-1657, and it was renamed the Kay Hagan Tick Act. For more information and action to take…
Explanation of Tick Act Changes From the Lyme Disease Association & How To Help On October 31, the Senate Tick Act (Collins ME) was passed out of the Senate HELP Committee; however, it was a different bill than the one submitted to the Senate Committee that many Lyme groups supported. The HELP committee replaced it […]
Almost a decade ago, Lyme advocates in Minnesota, pursuing Lyme doctor protection legislation, settled for a compromise from the State Medical Board which issued a Moratorium taking action against doctors who treat long term. The Moratorium was reviewed and extended in 2014, while awaiting more research on the topic. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, […]
From Department of Defense – CDMRP: Nicole Malachowski recently medically retired from the US Air Force as a Colonel after 21 years of service as a career fighter pilot. She was the first woman in history to fly with the Thunderbirds (US Air Force Demonstration Squadron) and went on to be the Commander of the […]
From the LDA, October 25, 2019 A press conference was held at the Wall Township Municipal Complex hosted by Congressman Christopher Smith (R-NJ). The Congressman highlighted information on the “NIH Strategic Plan for Tick-Borne Disease Research,” as well as “The Tick Act,” a bipartisan effort to improve research, prevention, diagnostics, and treatment for tick-borne diseases. […]
The NIH Strategic Plan for Tickborne Disease Research, October 9, 2019, is good news for everyone in the Lyme and tick-borne diseases community! The plan builds on the activities of the Department of Health and Human Services Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG), which issued a 2018 report to Congress outlining research recommendations. Through inventories sent […]