The Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA) has provided in-service training to NJ school districts since 1992. The LDA has been a registered Professional Development Provider for the State of NJ since the year 2000, providing development in the area of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. LDA has a number of resource people who help develop […]
This section contains information from many different state government activities on Lyme and tick-borne diseases. Additionally, in the Lyme Activities by State sub menu, county or local government activities will appear in their own state as well as actions by universities and Lyme organizations. In the State Lyme Bills Table sub menu, you will find a list of legislation by state and by year and information about it.
The Lyme Disease Association Inc (LDA) has been working to trying to stop the spread of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases for three decades. One of the major issues in developing legislation that helps patients is to first be sure that a number of state officials understand the problems associated with Lyme and tick-borne diseases. To that end, the LDA has worked on educating state officials across the country from legislators to governors to health departments. The LDA has also worked with county and local officials who often are looking for ways to control tick-borne diseases in their specific areas which may be more heavily endemic than the state at large.
The LDA and its state partner organizations and other state advocates have worked together to lay the necessary groundwork for good legislation: besides providing officials with education, we develop relationships with officials, educate the public to the need for this legislation, and help to pass and to ensure it is implemented.
In this section, you can view some of these efforts and perhaps find ideas to use in your state.
LDA Testimony to New Jersey Assembly Health Committee June 12, 2006 By Pat Smith, President, Lyme Disease Association, Inc. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention), Lyme is the most prevalent vector-borne disease. Research shows the Lyme bacterium has the ability to enter the central nervous system less than a day’s […]
The 2016 Ocean County NJ Master Gardner’s Annual Tick Report is a compilation of data on ticks collected from Ocean County, NJ residents who bring in ticks they find to be identified by the Ocean County Rutgers Cooperative Extension Agency in Toms River, NJ. It is printed with permission. Click here for the Report
The Lyme Disease Association of New Jersey, now LDA, was successful in having the following law adopted in New Jersey: 1991 A4223 An act establishing a governor’s Lyme disease advisory council. Law PL 1991 Chapter 27 26:2P-2. Governor’s Lyme Disease Advisory Council 2. There is created a 13-member “Governor’s Lyme Disease Advisory Council.” The council […]
Bill: HB 1537 Name: An act relative to testing for Lyme disease Status: Voted Inexpedient to legislate in committee Purpose: Requires health care providers to provide to patient getting Lyme test a written notice about Lyme, about testing, and the need for the patient to contact provider if symptoms continue. Bill text info: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_Status/billText.aspx?sy=2016&id=398&txtFormat=html
The Lyme Disease Association, Inc. with joint provider Columbia University, is holding its 17th annual scientific CME* conference, Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: New Strategies to Tackle an Expanding Epidemic. Brian Fallon, MD, Columbia University is Conference Director. It will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton St. Paul Downtown, 411 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, […]
Below is a letter from Congressman Collin C. Peterson (Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District) thanking the LDA for inviting him to the LDA/Columbia Scientific conference this year (2016). Congressman Peterson is co-chair of the Congressional Lyme Disease Caucus, and has worked with Caucus co-chair Representative Chris Smith to help fund research and educate people about Lyme […]
Listen to radio show “Lyme Disease in Minnesota” on Access Minnesota. Dr. Elizabeth Maloney discusses the symptoms and dangers of Lyme disease and how best to prevent infection. Dr. Maloney mentions the LDA and the upcoming LDA/Columbia Scientific Conference on the show. Click link to hear radio show: http://www.accessminnesotaonline.com/2017/05/17/lyme-disease-in-mn/ Dr. Elizabeth Maloney is a Family […]
Patient Victory in MA! Three minutes before midnight on July 31 in a 37-1 vote, the MA Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto of the Lyme bill which contained the language supported by patients for mandatory insurance coverage for long-term treatment. This vote followed closely the override vote in the House on July 30 […]
“An Act to Improve Access to Treatments for Lyme Disease” passed both houses of the Maine legislature and was given to the Governor who did not veto or sign the bill. Under Maine law, that means the bill becomes law. The bill provides for doctor protection for doctors who prescribe long term treatment for Lyme […]