The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group Despite controversy, the US Tick-Borne Disease Working Group shows great promise in furthering future understanding and awareness.

By Phyllis Mervine

21st Century Cures Ac I n the last weeks of the Obama administration, Congress passed a massive healthcare bill—the 21st Century Cures Act. Thanks to a small group of patient advocates who worked round the clock, legislators included Lyme language favorable to patients in the bill. Now, after more than 20 years of effort, we finally succeeded in creating a Tick-Borne Disease Working Group with a seat at the table for patients and their representatives. Hopefully, we will finally bring the power of the United States government behind us to seriously address the epidemic of Lyme disease that is ravaging lives across the country. The working group’s mission is to provide subject matter expertise and to review federal efforts related to all tick-borne diseases, to help ensure interagency coordination and minimize overlap, and to examine research priorities….Join or login below to continue reading.

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