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Vermont Lyme Doctor Protection Bill Signed Into Law

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 accordance with Lyme guidelines issued by the International Lyme & Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). Shortly after the law was signed, the Board complied by issuing a Board Policy (Click here to read Board Policy) which included language on what the licensee may be disciplined for while practicing within those guidelines.