The White House released the Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal which includes a $14 million increase compared to the 2020 enacted level that focuses on tick-borne diseases. Excerpts from Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2021: “Prioritizes Critical Health Research and Supports Innovation” … “NIH would continue to address the opioid epidemic and […]
This section contains information on legislation that has been introduced and/or passed by the federal government. It includes sections that contain the position the Lyme Disease Association (LDA) has taken on various bills, if any, and 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 FY20 Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP) Program managed by the Department of Defense (DOD) office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) has issued a preannouncement for the FY20 funding opportunity. The link to the preannouncement can be found here: https://cdmrp.army.mil/pubs/press/2020/20tbdrppreann FY20 funding opportunities available for the Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP) include a […]
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its website to include information regarding maternal-fetal transmission of Lyme disease. According to the CDC, “Untreated Lyme disease during pregnancy can lead to infection of the placenta. Spread from mother to fetus is possible but rare. Fortunately, with appropriate antibiotic treatment, there is no increased risk of adverse birth outcomes.”
The 11th meeting of the Tick-borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) was held at the Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol, 33 New York Avenue NE, Washington, DC. During the two-day meeting, the Working Group 1) heard presentations on findings and actions for TBDWG to consider from eight subcommittees; 2) heard updates from the Public Comment and […]
The HSS-Tick-Borne Disease Working Group subcommittee reports are now accessible on the HHS-TBDWG webpage. The TBDWG established eight subcommittees in June 2019. Each subcommittee identified priorities and developed a report to the TBDWG that described current efforts, gaps in research, and potentials actions relevant to their topic. Read Subcommittee Reports
The 116th Congress House Committee on Appropriations submitted a report in explanation of bill H.R. 2740, the Omnibus that funds Health and Human Services (HHS) including the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and outlines the final legislative language and designation of funds for vector-borne diseases, including Lyme disease, […]
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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 […]
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 […]