Lyme Advocates Instrumental in Passage Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law the FY11 Budget which contained language on doctor protection for Lyme disease treating physicians. The law permits doctors to clinically diagnose and treat patients long term. The state medical board cannot bring charges against a doctor solely for prescribing long-term antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease. […]
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.
Chapter 087 2010 – H 7418 SUBSTITUTE A Enacted 06/16/10 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION – HEALTH EDUCATION CURRICULUM Introduced By: Representatives Jackson, Gallison, Martin, A Rice, and Edwards Date Introduced: February 09, 2010 It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows: SECTION 1. Short title – The Act shall be cited and known […]
The LDA has worked with numerous groups throughout the US to help push for passage of Lyme legislation that will help the Lyme community. Anyone comtemplating introduction of state legislation needs to thoroughly understand all the issues surrounding Lyme disease and how patients and physicians can be hurt by passage of legislation that is not […]
Citing the increased number of cases of Lyme disease, the VA State Health Commissioner has issued an advisory to doctors asking them to be vigilant for Lyme, report their cases of Lyme disease, and stress prevention to their patients. Click here for full Advisory
MN / WI Summer 2009 Trip Hot Topics in Forest Lake Minnesota LDA President Pat Smith (L) with LA TV’s host Greg Ochs after she appeared on his hour long show Hot Topics in Forest Lake Minnesota on August 9, 2009. Author Pam Weintraub, (R) taped another show the next day with Greg. Ms. Smith […]
State Laws/Policies/Regulations Enacted Rhode Island Rhode Island Diagnosis & Treatment Act Doctor Protection Legislation Adopted CHAPTER 159, 2002-H 7996A. Enacted 06/25/2002. Introduced By: Representatives Rabideau, and Ginaitt. Rhode Island, June 10, 2004 The Lyme Disease Association, Rhode Island Chapter (LDARIC), is pleased to announce that on June 8, Governor Donald Carcieri signed S2939/H7240 into law, […]
* Note: Rally Cancelled due to weather The Connecticut Medical Examining Board hearing is currently scheduled for 1:30 PM on February 16, 2010, the same day as the RALLY. January 29th, 2010 Action Alert #1 from: Lyme Disease Association Newtown Lyme Disease Task Force Ridgefield Lyme Disease Task Force Fairfield Lyme Resource LDA of Eastern CT […]
The LDA has been active working with groups in many states throughout the Northeast to help facilitate passage of doctor protection, prevention, Lyme disease task force and other related legislation. For current state legislative achievements, please click here. For some some early legislative successes see information below. CT FL MD NH […]
Neuroendocrine immune disordersAR 122/SR133 New resolution, SR-20, introduced without the words “Lyme disease” in it in 2010Initiated by chronic fatigue advocatesAsked NJ legislature to memorialize formation of NEI Center that includes Gulf War Syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, & Lyme diseaseLDA and most other Lyme groups opposed the ResolutionLyme not autoimmune disease but […]
LDA & most other Lyme groups were not favorable to 2 of these bills which we felt would have caused problems for docs and patientsHB 290- Doctor Protection- Voted Unfavorable in Committee and Withdrawn.HB 798- Task Force- Voted Unfavorable in Committee and WithdrawnHB 2- Reporting Cases- Voted Unfavorable in Committee and WithdrawnPurpose of this last […]