Thursday, December 18, 2014

NY Governor has Signed the Lyme Bill !!

This is fantastic news for New York residents! It also sets a precedent for other states.  



Governor Cuomo signed the Patients' Rights/ Doctor Protection bill this evening (12/17/14)!  The bill provides that the OPMC may not charge a physician or other medical licensee with misconduct solely for recommending or providing treatments that are not universally accepted by the medical profession, including, but not limited to, treatments for Lyme disease.

This law has been a long time in coming, but it's done!  There may be some technical tweaks, but we are assured that they do not alter the intent of the bills that were unanimously passed in both Senate and Assembly.

THANK YOU TO EVERY ONE OF YOU WHO CONTACTED (and recontacted) THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE!!  That effort made the difference!  Thousands of Lyme victims told their stories and the legislative staffers and Governor Cuomo's staff, none of whom really knew much about Lyme to start with, now know more than they ever thought possible. And they now understand what the fuss is all about. This would not have happened without you all.  Pat yourselves on the back -- this is YOUR law.

Feel free to send a note of thanks to Governor Cuomo, Senator Kemp Hannon, Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried for their dedication to this cause.  

We will send more details as they become available.

Best regards to everyone!

Chris Fisk
Lyme Action Network

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