https://www.belmontlawreview.org/articles/volume-8-issue-1-2020/

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VOLUME 8, ISSUE 1: 2020

Creighton R. Meland, Jr.

They Shall Not Be Left to Rot: The Emerging Law of Lyme Disease

For the excellently written paper for the Belmont Law Review, on the state of affairs with Lyme disease, please see this pdf:  https://cpb-us-w2.wpmucdn.com/blogs.belmont.edu/dist/8/25/files/2020/11/Meland_95-163.pdf

Table of Contents:

INTRODUCTION 96

I. WHAT IS LYME DISEASE AND WHY IS IT MEDICALLY CONTROVERSIAL? 97

     A. What is Lyme Disease? 97

     B. Lyme Disease Detection and Diagnosis 101

     C. Lyme Disease Treatment Regimens 104

          1. IDSA v. ILADS 104

          2. Coinfections and their Effect on Treatment 106

     D. Lyme Disease is not a Research Priority 107

II. LYME DISEASE LEGAL ISSUES 108

     A. IDSA and CDC Set Treatment Standards 108

          1. Effects on Quality and Availability of Care 108

          2. Antitrust Implications 112

     B. State Lyme Disease Legislation 122

          1. Health Insurance Coverage Mandates 122

          2. Professional Standards 125

          3. Lyme Testing Disclosures 127

          4. Safe Harbors 130

          5. Awareness, Prevention, and Government Support 133

**J.D. University of Michigan; B.S. Economics, Major in Finance, Wharton School, Undergraduate Division, University of Pennsylvania.**

I am grateful to Belmont Law Review for the opportunity to critique laws designed to redress health care problems presented by Lyme disease. Despite a pervasive presence and severe symptoms, Lyme disease is widely misunderstood by the medical community and too often goes untreated or improperly treated. While we await advances in medical science, the law can help those who suffer. I recognize and thank the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society and its many contributors, who have deepened my understanding of medical problems associated with Lyme disease.  These insights have influenced positively the form of the work I now submit.

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