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July/August 2016
POLICY AND ADVOCACY
Massachusetts Passes Troubling Lyme Legislation
IDSA Provides New Resources for State Lyme Advocacy

The Massachusetts state legislature late last month voted to overturn the veto of Governor Charlie Baker and enact
a new law requiring health insurers to cover long-term antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease, despite a strong push from the Massachusetts ID Society to block this legislation.  Rhode Island and Connecticut have similar laws in place.

IDSA is providing resources to our members and to state and regional ID societies that wish to educate their state lawmakers and governors about Lyme disease and advocate against such harmful policies. IDSA has updated its primer on Lyme disease (PDF) geared toward state policymakers, which we are also distributing via the National Council for State Legislators and the National Governor’s Association. 

As reported previously in IDSA News, IDSA along with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) are jointly developing a systematic review and clinical practice guideline on the treatment of Lyme disease. Announcements regarding the development of this guideline will be posted to the IDSA website



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