Over vehement objections by the Vermont Board of medical practice and others, Vermont Governor Shumlin signed Act 134 (Click here to read Act 134) into law on May 22, 2014. The law directs the Board to adopt a policy statement stating they will not discipline licensees based solely on their long-term antibiotic treatment practices in […]
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.
Cheers to Assemblymember Didi Barrett, this is fabulous news. It passed in the NYS Assembly 133 to 0 (7 absent)! Next is the Senate, We will need your help with this; TOGETHER WE ARE POWERFUL! Jill AuerbachHudson Valley Lyme Disease Association, Chairperson New Yorkers, contact your NYS senator (automatic letter writing campaign coming soon) Legislation […]
Lyme Disease Patients Push For Health Coverage – 22 News WWLP.com Speliotis Files Bill to Require Health Insurers Expand Coverage for Lyme Disease – DaversPatch Press Release – MA Lyme Legislative Task Force Written Testimony – Pat Smith, LDA President MA Rep. Theodore Speliotis, Bill H.989 SponsThe Massachusetts Joint Committee on Financial Services has announced […]
Thanks largely to the efforts of MaineLyme, a non –profit, and primary sponsor Representative Sheryl Briggs, on June 24, 2013, Main Governor LePage signed the Lyme bills into law (Chapter 340). In April, the LDA wrote in support of the bills and requested inclusion as a resource on the Maine website. The law now includes […]
To raise awareness about Lyme & other tick-borne diseases in New Jersey, the NJ based national non-profit Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA), in cooperation with Congressman Christopher H. Smith (NJ-4), hosted a press conference on Tuesday, April 30. In a press conference packed with TV, radio, and print media from throughout New Jersey, Congressman Chris […]
April 29, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Conf. Set for Tuesday, April 30 @ 1 pm – Public Invited Lyme Disease Awareness Month Kick Off New Jersey-3rd in nation in Lyme case numbers, children at highest risk To raise awareness about Lyme & other tick-borne diseases in New Jersey, the NJ based national non-profit Lyme […]
HB 1326 Doctor protection (Gary Daniels)5 hour hearing on billNH Medical Society against bill February 17, 2010Awaiting action in SenateNew Hampshire Lyme bill passes the NH House as amendedhttp://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2010/HB1326.html SENATE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ADMINISTRATIONBill was in fight to amend. Died. (Advocates did not want amendment)
The survey was created by the Pennsylvania Lyme Disease Advisory Committee (PLDAC), which is a collaboration between the Farm Bureau, Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA), an LDA affiliate, and the Chester County Health Department. The Health Department is using their own statistical experts to analyze the data, the results of which should be […]
MA Bill HB 4480: Would establish a special commission for the purpose of investigating and studying the incidence and impacts of Lyme disease and its associated co-infections in the commonwealth Status: New draft of HB 1148 and HB 3592 (02/08/2010);referred to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing (02/08/2010). 2/8/2010 House Reported from the committee […]
Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Dr. Bill Hazel, announced on October 15, 2010, the creation of a task force to explore prevention and treatment of Lyme disease. It will bring recommendations and information to the Governor regarding Lyme disease and the diagnosis, prevention, public education, medical treatment, and will also consider the impact […]