Maine Gov. Paul LePage signs Lyme disease bill
In a follow up to a story 10 days ago, the legislation, LD597, which passed the Maine legislature, was signed into law by Maine Governor Paul LePage today.
The bill requires the Maine Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to include on its publicly accessible website information about different alternatives for the treatment of Lyme disease. The bill also requires the center to include information about treatment guidelines recommended by the Infectious Diseases Society of America, which represents physicians, scientists and other health care professionals who specialize in infectious diseases.
In addition, the website must say that a negative result for a Lyme disease test doesn’t necessarily mean Lyme disease isn’t present.
LD597 also mandates that patients get a copy of the results of a Lyme disease test.
It is an exciting day for Lyme disease advocates in Maine. On the Facebook page of the advocacy group, MaineLyme.org, they posted the following:
Thanks to Rep. Sheryl Briggs and Rep Deb Sanderson , and all the bill initiators and participants.
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