July 20, 2009 – Lyme Appropriations Passed House


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July 20, 2009 Vol 2, Issue 6
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Action Alert #6 
from Pat Smith, President, Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA)

In This Issue
Action Needed
Sample Phone Blurb
Thanks To All


In the last call to action, you were asked to contact the US House Appropriations Committee.  That campaign was hugely successful and resulted in the committee reporting out Lyme disease language to the full house.  (Click here to see LDA press release.) 


Now you must do the same for the US Senate. Please call ASAP (July 21st thru July 27th)  The same appropriation language has been submitted to the US Senate Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, & Education (of Senate Appropriations Committee)

  • Directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create a Tick-Borne Diseases Advisory Committee
  • Calling upon NIH to convene a scientific workshop to review all scientific perspectives on Lyme disease
  • Directing CDC to develop improved and more comprehensive diagnostic tools for Lyme.

ACTION FOR YOU TO TAKE – as of 2010 no action needed

  1. Click here to see the list of US Senate members on the Senate          Appropriation Committee.
  2. If there is NOT a Member of Appropriations Committee from your state, stop here.   You do not need to do anything today, thanks
  3. If there is a Member of Appropriations Committee from your state, call him/her.
  4. If you cannot call, at least email. Calling is preferred.
  5. Ask for support for the language as stated below in the Sample Blurb

Please support language in the Fiscal 2010 Labor, HHS & Education Subcommittee directing the Secretary of Health to create a Tick-Borne Diseases Advisory Committee, asking for an NIH conference on all perspectives of Lyme, and directing CDC to develop new tests for Lyme. Thank you.

The LDA thanks all of you for your cooperation in state efforts such as the physician protection bill in Connecticut and the federal efforts. Working together, we have made and can continue to make a difference for Lyme patients everywhere.





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