The Lyme Disease Legislative Crisis

Difficult to diagnose

Due to its similarity to more prevalent diseases, and the lack of accurate laboratory testing, Lyme often goes untreated beyond the Center for Disease Control's recommended window after initial infection. The disease then becomes chronic, developing more severe symptoms in its later stage as well as becoming almost impossible to eradicate.

Difficult to treat

Many insurance companies do not provide support for treatment of Lyme disease, as the standard treatment has not shown to be effective for everyone and is highly contested by physicians. Many employers do not accept Lyme as a reasonable excuse for disability. These issues have caused suffering atop suffering for Lyme patients. Insurance standards and treatment standards are areas that demand research-backed reformatory legislations without delay.

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Are states doing enough to combat the Lyme disease crisis?

As Lyme disease becomes of greater concern, more legislation is needed to protect doctors from disciplinary action for treatment outside the official Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Most legislation has concerned awareness, but more is needed in mandating that Lyme sufferers receive disability and insurance benefits if they are no longer able to work.

Lyme is a growing problem.

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But is statewide legislation keeping up apace?

Legislation category
Awareness
Doctor Protection
Insurance
Pest Control
Treatment Standards
Education

Landmark Legislation

There is some hope. Every year, states facing the most rapid spread are responding with more legislation.
Each circle represents legislation passed.

Legislation category
Awareness
Doctor Protection
Insurance
Pest Control
Treatment Standards
Education