Please contact Senator Baldwin today on this URGENT legislation and ask her to cosponsor the TICK Act (S. 1657) which establishes office oversight and coordination at HHS, reauthorizes regional Centers of Excellence in Vector Borne Disease, and authorizes grants to state health departments. This important bipartisan legislation, introduced by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tina Smith (D-MN), would significantly improve coordination at the federal level and provide communities and states with resources for prevention, early detection, and treatment of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. 1571860110653_TICK Act One-Pager

The email to contact Senator Baldwin is: Erin_dugan@baldwin.senate.gov

I’ve included a generic template to simplify the process:

October 23, 2019

[ADDRESS]

Dear __________

[As your constituent, I am writing and asking you to cosponsor S.1657, the TICK Act. The TICK Act stands for “Ticks: Identify, Control, and Knockout Act”. This important bipartisan legislation, introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tina Smith (D-MN), would significantly improve coordination at the federal level and provide communities and states with resources for prevention, early detection, and treatment of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. Specifically, this legislation would:

(1) Establish an Office of Oversight and Coordination at HHS, to develop a National Strategy to expand research and improve testing and treatment affordability to fight tick-borne diseases; 

(2) Reauthorize $10 million per year over the next five years for Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease. These Centers collaborate with academia and public health agencies for surveillance, prevention, outbreak response; 

(3) Authorize $20 million per year over the next five years in CDC Grants to States and communities across the country to raise awareness about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, support early detection and diagnosis, and improve treatment. 

Your support of S.1657, the TICK Act, is urgently needed. The overall number of Americans infected by Lyme and tick-borne diseases is rising and there is no end in sight. Last year, there were 450,000 cases of Lyme, a 1,400 percent increase from 2003. 

[Please WRITE YOUR OWN STORY HERE or DELETE. For example: I got Lyme disease in 2015, while hiking on my favorite trail in… The disease has been devastating, and I am still fighting it everyday].

Lyme disease costs our nation more than $75 billion per year, including direct medical costs and indirect costs such as loss of work. As your constituent, I urge you to join the effort to combat Lyme and other tick-borne diseases by co-sponsoring S.1657, TICK Act, and become an advocate for this urgently needed, and long overdue, legislation.

Sincerely,

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