HB 0889, a bill to cover insurance for antibiotics, doctor visits, & testing passed unanimously in the Illinois House. It now moves to the State Senate.
Pennsylvania Senator Mike Regan & Prepresenative Greg Rothman recently held a townhall meeting featuring experts in the field to educate the public on Lyme disease
HB 629, a bill to cover Lyme/MSIDS treatment as well as doctor protection has passed the Pennsylvania House Health Committee and moves to the House floor where it would need a majority to proceed. For more on pending Lyme bills in Pennsylvania: http://www.pahousegop.com/News/Latest-News/Rothman-Leads-the-Fight-Against-Lyme-Disease-in-Pennsylvania-•
- House Bill 174, which seeks to ensure patients have access to available and emerging diagnostics and treatment options for Lyme disease and related tick-borne diseases. The bill passed the House with a vote of 188-6 and is currently in the Senate.
- House Bill 2288, which would require school nurses to remove a tick when it is found on a child during the school day, notify the parent or guardian with medical information and resources, and store the tick for seven days.
- House Bill 2301, which would require physicians to complete two hours of continuing medical education focused on Lyme disease and related tick-borne illnesses to help physicians receive the most up-to-date information on pathogens, testing parameters, patient symptom profiles and current treatment options.
- House Resolution 761, which would urge the federal government to dedicate a large portion of the $22 million it provides to states for Lyme disease financing to Pennsylvania.
- House Resolution 943, which urges the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to promptly consider candidates for Lyme disease vaccinations currently seeking approval under the drug approval process.