Update on Lyme Bill AB313 in WI

Jeannette and Mike met with Rep. Mursau {Marinette} regarding the 16 member panel proposed to offer recommendations for lyme diagnosis and treatment. Mursau certainly understood our concerns and was sympathetic to our cause.

Right now, there’s nothing indicating the bill will come up for a vote and Rep. Mursau did say he would not support it. His intentions introducing the bill were honorable in his belief he thought he was acting in the best interests of patients. He has heard from many constituents that are infected and can’t receive adequate treatment. He is very interested in helping lyme patients. We expressed that empowering a panel to determine treatment recommendations would not be the best option as there are already two sets of guidelines in place.

Rep. Mursau said our best course of action would be to contact Speaker Robin Vos and ask that AB313 NOT be brought to the floor. Speaker Vos has control over what gets brought up and what doesn’t.

Please let Speaker Vos know that members of the lyme community have discussed AB313 with Rep. Mursau and we’d like to see some changes made to it and to refrain from bringing it to the floor this session.

Speaker Vos can be reached here https://legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/63/vos/contact/

If you are unfamiliar with AB313, please read this first before contacting Speaker Vos:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/01/11/reminder-wi-lyme-patients-contact-legislators-to-stop-ab313/  There is a link within this article with the exact wording of AB313 as well as other helpful information.  The main thing to understand is that this bill could affect our doctors that are treating this properly as it is huge government overreach.