Federal legislation is currently pending supporting Lyme and tick borne illness prevention, education, treatment and research. Related bills have died in the federal legislature for the past couple of congresses. This purpose of this legislation is to improve awareness of the diseases transmitted by ticks. Language in the bill supports research for better diagnostic tests for these diseases as well as allowing appropriate treatment for those that suffer from it.
Similar legislation has died in committees in previous sessions of congress. More senators and congressman need to be aware of the effect of tick borne illnesses on our society. They need to be made aware of the problems that these diseases affect that affect school children, that cause previously functional people to become disabled. I have written my representatives in Washington to let them know how important this issue is.
To find our who your representatives are, you can visit this website:
Click on the Legislation link on the green bar across the top of the page. Then click on your state name on the right side of the page. The next page will provide you a place where you can contact your representatives to let them know that you want them to support this legislation.
I firmly believe that the only way to bring awareness to Lyme and other tick borne illnesses is through the public. We need to let our representatives know that this is a real and serious threat to public health.