710 – State bills supporting LD
Licensing and Medical Quality for licensing and regulating physicians and surgeons. Under the act, disciplinary action may be taken against a physician and surgeon for engaging in unprofessional conduct, which includes gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, and incompetence. Existing law provides that a physician and surgeon is not subject to discipline for these particular aspects of unprofessional conduct solely on the basis that the treatment or advice he or she rendered to a patient is alternative or complementary medicine, as defined, if specified conditions are satisfied.
Legislation to create a research institute at the UMass Medical School in Worcester, which would work on tests and improving patient care.
Read more: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/archive/x719609457/Legislation-takes-aim-at-Lyme-disease#ixzz1KA6mFYbk
Alternative Lyme disease treatment bill clears Maine Senate
AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill to allow alternative treatments for Lyme disease, which has been awaiting consideration in the Senate for weeks, passed through that body Monday afternoon after failed attempts to amend it.
House Bill 295 seeks to protect physicians’ rights to determine the most appropriate treatment protocol for their patients. New Hampshire residents need HB 295 to safeguard their choice in treatment of Lyme disease. NH doctors are under pressure from the medical community and insurance companies to treat with very limited antibiotic regimen, according to the Infectious Disease Society of America which denies the existence of chronic Lyme disease.
After an 18-month journey, the Lyme Disease bill, HB295, became law at 12:01 a.m. today. In the end, the Governor refused to sign the bill and let the bill become law without his signature. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, the Governor had until June 8 midnight to either sign or veto the bill and notify the Secretary of State’s Office of his intent. No such correspondence was ever received. In the absence of this correspondence, the bill automatically became law without the Governor’s signature.
Bills currently making their way through committee, H.R. 610 and H.R. 611, would establish the Tick-Borne Disease Advisory Committee made up of scientists, patients, public health officials and representatives of volunteer organizations.
Doctors who prescribe longer-term antibiotics for Lyme disease would be protected from charges of medical misconduct under a bill introduced by two state legislators from Dutchess County, where rates of the tick-borne disease are among the nation’s highest.
State Rep. John Patterson announced a measure that aims to improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Lyme disease has passed the Ohio House of Representatives.
Rhode Island, June 10, 2004
The Lyme Disease Association, Rhode Island Chapter (LDARIC), is pleased to announce that on June 8, Governor Donald Carcieri signed S2939/H7240 into law, removing the sunset provision from the 2003 Lyme insurance law. This signing makes Rhode Island the only state in the nation with mandatory coverage for long-term antibiotics for treatment of Lyme disease when ordered by a treating physician who determines it is medically necessary after a thorough review of a patient’s medical history and condition.
The law expired on December 31, 2004
House Bill 2975 requires the Texas Medical Board to establish a program to train doctors and nurses to better diagnose and treat the disease that is transferred from deer and other animals to humans via tick bites.
Bill 1933 requires doctors to inform patients of the limitations of tests for the tick-borne disease.
Here is an interestingvideo on LD rights at the top of this link (i.e.. http://www.lymerights.org/html/house_debate_on_lyme_bill.html
More regarding state Lyme bills: http://www.jemsekspecialty.com/legislation.php