"House passes chronic Lyme disease bill" ConnPost.com, 04/30/09

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ticker
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   Posted 5/1/2009 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   
"House passes chronic Lyme disease bill" ConnPost.com, 04/30/09  http://www.connpost.com/ci_12267343

nefferdun
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   Posted 5/1/2009 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
That is a step in the right direction.

MarriedtoLymeinNJ
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   Posted 5/1/2009 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope this is the beginning of a new trend. :)
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JELAINEP
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   Posted 5/1/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Yay for Connecticut!
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.  - Margaret Meade
06/00- The beginning, 08/01-LD positive, 10/01- Igenex and CDC LD positive, 10/02-LD positive, 11/03-LD positive, 10/07-Bartonella positive, CD57=3, possibly just tested positive for koseri IgA, Morganella motgani,Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF - yay! another acronym), Typhus Fever, Klebsiella pneumonia, Proteus miabilis, Citrobacter i IgA, Hafnia alvai IgA, NKC4, Interleukin 4 (IL4), IL8, Immunobillin (IM01). 
Current Rx's 11/12/08: Wellbutrin 300mg, Paxil 60mg, Xanax 5mg, Acidophilus, Lyrica 600mg
"How much more can I take?", songhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gHiR1xeOSs


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   Posted 5/1/2009 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
The tide is turning!

Precedence is established.

Dominoes will fall.

Contact your state reps and pass a copy along

Call your state Attorney General's office - Healthcare Division - legal department

This gives you a voice! Take it and run with it.


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pjbat
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   Posted 5/2/2009 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Good news on passing the bill. However, it's really disturbing to read about Ann Gershon, president of IDSA, and her campaign against chronic Lyme disease. I found the letter, mentioned in the article, she wrote in February to the Connecticut legislators:
 
 
 
I just watched Under Our Skin again for the third time - it was shown at a local junior college in the Sacramento area April 30 - and it just makes you crazy to listen to these (IDSA) people.
 


JELAINEP
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   Posted 5/2/2009 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
pjbat said...
it's really disturbing to read about Ann Gershon, president of IDSA, and her campaign against chronic Lyme disease.  
 
Ann Gershon.... what a "B". rolleyes shocked rolleyes

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.  - Margaret Meade
06/00- The beginning, 08/01-LD positive, 10/01- Igenex and CDC LD positive, 10/02-LD positive, 11/03-LD positive, 10/07-Bartonella positive, CD57=3, possibly just tested positive for koseri IgA, Morganella motgani,Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF - yay! another acronym), Typhus Fever, Klebsiella pneumonia, Proteus miabilis, Citrobacter i IgA, Hafnia alvai IgA, NKC4, Interleukin 4 (IL4), IL8, Immunobillin (IM01). 
Current Rx's 11/12/08: Wellbutrin 300mg, Paxil 60mg, Xanax 5mg, Acidophilus, Lyrica 600mg
"How much more can I take?", songhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gHiR1xeOSs


dorit
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   Posted 5/2/2009 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I am happy to hear about any progress with chronic lyme.

And I am always stunned about those who seem to be resistant to knowledge about chronic lyme. I do not know what is going on with those; if they personally do not believe in the obvious, ok - they are free to do so; but there should be a guarantee that nobody can generalize such personal oppinions with consequences such as bar others from getting propper treatment for their recovery.

Martha's Vineyard
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   Posted 5/2/2009 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Yippie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now let the fricken Insurance companies realize that they will save so much money just by letting people get their Ozone therapy along with some abx and perioxide and then be done with them...
Let people get treated and send them on their way!
2004 in Martha's Vineyard me and my two daughters then 11 mos and 6 all got Lyme Disease. This was only known to us because we found the tiny ticks on us and we got very ill. My dog also got lyme and he went lame.
We have fought it for 4 years to no avail.
We all got it again this summer is Texas.
I am now in treatment in Scottsdale Arizona at Envita.

"The eyes cannot see for for what the mind does not know."


RottenDog
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   Posted 5/2/2009 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I say for them how dont belive in lymes, show me let a infected tick bit em.what dont actsest cant hurt ya. then they would change there tune i am sure

hopingToFindCure
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   Posted 5/3/2009 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
For those who say it doesn't exist, we can test them on 10 days of ABX and see if they heal. They shouldn't be afraid should they?

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   Posted 5/3/2009 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
This is strange. My father had hip replacement surgery fall before last and was sick all winter-spring w/ infection from it. Bacteria in the new hip. His IDD has had him on Cipro for well over a year and has told him he will probably have to take it the rest of his life. And this is protocol! Further, this IDD has NO diagnosis or help for him regarding the illness he's had ever since starting it. IDD states, 'I don't know what this is, but it has nothing to do w/ your antibiotic'. Brush off. So, IDDs DO, in fact, use long term antibiotics!!

Question: What do these 'experts; say about the spirochetes that are found in someone's blood years after being infected? I thought this was proof positive??

pjbat
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   Posted 5/4/2009 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   

I've been trying to learn more about this bill and found the following analysis. It has passed in the House of Representatives and now heads to the senate. It would take effect July 1, 2009.

I'm in California but the same type of bill was passed here. What I'm trying to understand is how we can be denied long-term antibiotics.  We are dealing with Medco mail order pharmacy and they are denying all long-term antibiotics for my husband - even Nystatin and Diflucan.
 
I'm trying to understand as much about this as possible so that I can fight it. If our bill in California contains similar wording, I don't see how they can deny coverage.
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OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 6200 (as amended by House “A”)*

AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF LONG-TERM ANTIBIOTICS FOR THE TREATMENT OF LYME DISEASE.

SUMMARY:

Beginning July 1, 2009, this bill allows a licensed physician to prescribe, administer, or dispense long-term antibiotic therapy to a patient for a therapeutic purpose that eliminates the infection or controls the patient'<!--’-->s symptoms if (1) a clinical diagnosis is made that the patient has Lyme disease or has symptoms consistent with such a diagnosis and (2) the physician documents the diagnosis and treatment in the patient'<!--’-->s medical record.

Also beginning July 1, 2009, the bill prohibits (1) the Department of Public Health from initiating disciplinary action against a physician and (2) the Connecticut Medical Examining Board from taking disciplinary action solely because the physician prescribed, administered, or dispensed long-term antibiotic therapy to a patient clinically diagnosed with Lyme disease. The physician must document the clinical diagnosis and treatment in the patient'<!--’-->s record.

The bill specifies that, subject to the limits on discipline of physicians treating Lyme disease established by the bill, it does not limit the ability of the Connecticut Medical Examining Board to take disciplinary action for other reasons against physicians, including entering into a consent order, for violations of existing law concerning their practice of medicine.

*House Amendment “A” (1) specifies that the physician'<!--’-->s prescribing and administering long-term antibiotic therapy must be for therapeutic purposes that eliminates the infection or controls the symptoms; (2) specifies that a Lyme disease determination by a physician must be (a) based on a medical history and physical examination alone or (b) in conjunction with testing supporting the determination; (3) clarifies that the bill allows the Medical Examining Board to take disciplinary action against physicians for other reasons; and (4) makes technical changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2009

LYME DISEASES DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

The bill defines “Lyme disease” as the clinical diagnosis, by a state-licensed physician, of the presence in a patient of signs or symptoms compatible with acute infection with borrelia burgdorferi; or with late stage or persistent or chronic infection with borrelia burgdorferi, or with complications related to such an infection; or such other strains of borrelia that beginning July 1, 2009, are recognized by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a cause of Lyme disease.

Lyme disease also includes an infection that meets the surveillance criteria of CDC, and other acute and chronic manifestations of such an infection as determined by a physician according to a clinical diagnosis based on medical history and physical examination alone, or in conjunction with testing that provides supportive data for the diagnosis.

“Long-term antibiotic therapy” means administering oral, intramuscular, or intravenous antibiotics, singly or in combination, for periods exceeding four weeks.

BACKGROUND

Borrelia Burgdorferi

This is the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. The bacterium belongs to a small group of bacteria, called spirochetes, whose appearance resembles a coiled spring. Borrelia are very small and cannot be seen without a microscope.


 

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