House Bill 272 Hearing coming up!! Lymies needed- 8/30/2011

We are asking all of you who have Lyme and reside in Pennsylvania to be the voice so that we can finally get HB 272 passed!! If you can not make it you can still email your story or send written testimony to be heard. Check for details at Lyme Action PA Thank you!!

(Via Julia F. Wagner-President of MontCoLyme Support Group)

The PA House is going to hold a hearing on House bill 272 on Tuesday, Aug 30th, in Harrisburg from 10am until 12 noon. We hope you can be there!

There is new energy on this bill, and this hearing is critical–the bill has been around the house so long, and passed 3 times. Thats why it is crucial to hear your stories! Dr. Robert Bransfield, ILADS president, and distinguised fellow of the APA, and President of APA New Jersey will be speaking. We have several surprise speakers as well and patients speaking with their own stories and will be asking for an open mike for patients to share comments at the end.

Please, please do what you can to pass the word on regarding this hearing if you can not attend. Check Lyme Action PA and our facebook page for updates over the next couple days.

Thank you…progress IS being made to so many of you who are reaching out, finding the patients, getting them involved, please keep in touch, and let us know you are out there, and in the fight to change things for Lyme patients in PA!!

Julia Wagner, Chair, LymeActionPA

**If you want to get more actively involved, email lymeactionpa@gmail.com and we’ll connect you with your local regional LymeActionPA coalition leader.

****HB 272 Bill is The Lyme and Related Tick-Borne Disease Education, Prevention and Treatment Act.

This legislation directs the Department of Health to establish a task force to address the issues surrounding Lyme disease and other tick borne infections. The task force is directed to investigate and make recommendations to the Department regarding the prevention of Lyme disease in the Commonwealth. The Department of Health is also directed to develop a program of public and professional education on Lyme disease in order to raise awareness of the long term effects of misdiagnoses and to develop public information and education on Lyme disease.

In addition, HB 272 further provides that a physician may prescribe long-term antibiotic therapy for late stage Lyme disease. The bill requires all health care insurance policies must cover treatment for Lyme disease, including long term therapies, when prescribed by the treating physician.

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