Bills take aim at Lyme disease

Published May 18, 2017 at 4:00pm

A package of bills geared to strengthen efforts to combat Lyme and tick-borne diseases has been passed by the state Senate, announced Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-47, Rome.

The bills now will be considered in the Assembly. Noting that New York has the third-highest number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease in the nation, Griffo said “we must do everything we can to ensure that our citizens have the information and resources they need to protect themselves.” The legislation:

  • A bill requiring a state commission to submit a report on the impact of providing insurance coverage for Lyme and tick-borne diseases. Health insurance companies are not required to cover long-term treatment for Lyme disease.
  • A bill directing the commissioner of environmental conservation to develop guidelines for best practices in treating residential properties to reduce exposure to ticks. 
  • A bill directing the Department of Health to award grants for graduate medical education in Lyme and tick-borne diseases; designate organizations as centers of excellence for Lyme and tick-borne diseases; and designate Lyme and tick-borne-disease resource centers.