HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Pennsylvania legislature has legislated to require health insurers to cover long-term treatment for Lyme disease.
The State House of Representatives announced the House Bill 629 this week with vote 158-34, and sent it to the Seanad for consideration.
The proposal from Kathy Rapp's Representative (R-Warren / Crawford / Forest) would require insurers to include treatment plans for Lyme disease and related tick-borne diseases as prescribed by a health care provider, regardless of whether or not the health care provider is responsible. include a treatment plan or long-term antibiotic treatment.
In his bill, Rapp wrote that the 2013 study by the Control and Prevention Centers found that only 39 per cent of Lyme disease people were treated with short-term antibiotics, while the majority were treated for longer periods.
From 1990 to 2017, Pennsylvania reported that there were 116,824 confirmed cases of Lyme disease and in 2017 it reported 11,900 new cases, ranking the nation's highest state in certified cases over the past seven years.
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