NEWS: Public hearing on Lyme bill in PA legislature Aug 30, 2011
A legislative committee will hold a hearing on HB 272, the Lyme and Related Tick-borne Disease Education, Prevention and Treatment Act. Among other things, the bill protects physicians who prescribe long-term treatment for Lyme disease, and requires insurance companies to cover such treatment.
The following was forwarded from Pennsylvania Lyme activists:
The Human Services Committee of the PA House of Representatives will hold a public hearing on HB 272, 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 ofmisdiagnoses 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 forLyme disease, including long term therapies, when prescribed by the treating physician.
The hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 from 10 am until 12 noon in Harrisburg, PA.
If you would like to present testimony at this hearing, please contact Elizabeth Yarnell, Legislative Analyst, Human Services Committee by August 16, 2011. If you are unable to participate in this hearing,but would like to comment on HB 272, you may submit written testimony by August 23, 2011.
Thank you for your interest in participating in the public hearing on HB 272, The Lyme and Related Tick-Borne Disease Education, Prevention and Treatment Act. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 in Room 60 East Wing in the Capitol Annex in Harrisburg, PA. The time is from 10 am to 12 noon.
Elizabeth Yarnell, Legislative Research Analyst
Human Services Committee
Pennsylvania House of Representatives