NEWS: Massachusetts lawmakers propose Lyme insurance bill
It would require insurance coverage for the clinical diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. There is a short time to gather co-sponsors.
Update: As of Jan. 28, 2015, this bill has 71 co-sponsors in the House and 27 in the Senate. Deadline for co-sponsors to sign is Feb. 2. Please use the Voter Voice links below to contact your legislators before then.
From the Massachusetts Lyme Legislative Task Force:
Massachusetts residents, we need your help! House Docket 469/Senate Docket 985, An Act Relative to Lyme Disease Treatment Coverage, has been filed in the House by Rep. David Linsky and in the Senate by Sen. Anne Gobi. This legislation would provide insurance coverage for the clinical diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease, when ordered by a licensed physician.
Everyone in Massachusetts can contribute to this important effort right now by urging your legislators to co-sponsor. A large number of co-sponsors will strengthen the bill and make it more likely to pass. Please act now, because co-sponsors must sign on within two weeks of the filing.
An easy way for you to contact your legislators has been set up. After you enter your address, the “Voter Voice” system identifies your house representative and your senator, and provides a simple way to reach them. A sample message is included.
Note: these docket numbers will change once a bill number is assigned. We will keep you informed on MassachusettsLyme@yahoogroups.com, or email us at email@example.com.
Please also note: If you encounter lawmakers who oppose this effort for any reason, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This feedback helps us to formulate constructive strategies to address our opposition.
The Massachusetts Lyme Legislative Task Force
Full text of the bill:
David Paul Linsky