CT Doctor Protection Bill – 2009

Follow the path of actions that connected CT Lyme advocacy groups, patients and the nations to create and put in law Bill HR 6200 – Lyme Disease Doctor protection bill for Connnecticut Doctors.

Ceremonial signing for the bill, HB 6200

“Beneath the rule of men entirely great, The pen is mightier than the sword.” (Bulwer-Lytton) 



 Governor M. Jodi Rell signs HB 6200 into law in a ceremony on July 16, 2009 in Brookfield, Connecticut.



LDA President Pat Smith with Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell (C) and Emily Bragg, Time for Lyme Board Member (R), at the Lyme doctor protection bill signing ceremony in Brookfield CT, June 16. This was a ceremonial signing for the bill, HB 6200,  which became law July 1. The law allows clinical judgment in diagnosis and treatment for Lyme disease. LDA and its Connecticut partner groups were instrumental in the passage of the bill





LDA Salutes the Connecticut Legislators for the New “Lyme” Doctor Protection Law. Thank  You!


Connecticut House Bill 6200 sponsor Peggy Reeves (R to L); Russ Cornelius, a founder of the Brookfield Lyme Task Force; Kim Fawcett, bill sponsor; Pat Smith, LDA President; Chris Lyddy, a sponsor; Emily Bragg, Time for Lyme; Jennifer Reid, Co-chair of the Ridgefield Task Force; and other advocates at the ceremonial bill signing in Connecticut. LDA worked with many legislators in Hartford including those pictured. 





CT Docotor Protection Bill For Lyme Signed by Governor Rell 
:  JUNE 21, 2009 − Patient groups across Connecticut and the nation are elated by the June 21 announcement by Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell that she has signed the Lyme disease doctor protection bill, following its recent unanimous passage in both houses of the Connecticut General Assembly.  

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CT Doctor Protection bill passes Senate. Goes to Governor:  Patient groups across Connecticut and the nation were jubilant as the Connecticut Senate passed the Lyme disease doctor protection bill today, 36-0, following its unanimous passage in the Connecticut House of Representatives on April 30, 2009.

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Connecticut Doctor Protection Bill Passes House:  
Connecticut Lyme groups and the national Lyme Disease Association, Inc. are pleased to announce that H.B. 6200, with a floor amendment by Representative Betsy Ritter et al., passed through the Connecticut House of Representatives. 

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Lyme Groups Testify in Hartford on Doctors’ Right to Treat


The LDA and the Task Forces were in Hartford for meetings with legislators and to testify on the bill, HB 6200, in the Public Health Committee. The groups were favorable to the concept of doctor protection with some bill language changes.



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Radio Interview Lyme Disease, Legislation, and Spread
Host Larry Rifkin interviewed Dr. Dan Cameron, President, ILADS; Pat Smith, President of the Lyme Disease Association; and Maggie Shaw, RN, a patient and part of the Newtown Lyme Disease Task Force; on Talk of the Town on 1320 WATR, Waterbury, CT on Aug. 13, 2009. Listen now.