Massachusetts debates Lyme insurance bill
From activists working on Massachusetts Lyme insurance bill:
- October 22, 2015 at 6:42 am
Does this mean insurance companies will have to include treatments for LD in their policies, or that we will have to buy a seperate insurance policy that just covers LD.IF it is the former, it really opens the door for insurance companies to exclude coverage for all kinds of things and then to offer seperate coverage for them…it would be a real windfall for the ins. companies and a set back for everyone else.
- October 23, 2015 at 5:38 am
The anti-mandate, anti-regulation folks will fight it no matter how many people it helps. We have a law on the books in MN that says insurance companies must cover Lyme Disease and that they cannot charge higher premiums and co-pays to people with Lyme. But it does not define Lyme Disease (makes no mention of acute or chronic Lyme, no mention of early or late stage Lyme), and does not say how long they have to cover your treatment. So they can still wiggle their way out of covering it.
I don’t know if this is a watered down version, if there was a stronger bill proposed at the time and opponents were able to stop it. At the time I wasn’t having Lyme symptoms, so I didn’t pay that much attention.
If the language in the MA bill is strong enough, pass it, already. Not everyone can afford to pay out of pocket for Lyme treatment. It should be covered like any other disease.
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