Thursday, February 5, 2015

Some details about the NY State Lyme Protection Amendment

Apparently the NY State amendment that protects LLMDs who are treating chronic Lyme and co-infections patients with long-term antibiotics is more controversial than I had thought. Here is a letter I found on a Lyme listserv I monitor.


 Dear Friends and Associates,
I ask that you not get upset about what was posted on the LDA web site, they do not have the facts and were not involved. It will be answered by the NYS Coalition on Lyme and Tick-borne Disease who were directly involved and worked diligently on this.
This is what I wrote in response when it was posted:

"Obviously, those of us on the NYS Coalition on Lyme and Tick-borne Disease,  disagree with this assessment.  Just one simple example: the 2005 memo was no longer being honored by the OPMC, which was why almost every, if not, every single LLMD physician was being harassed. There would not have been a physician left in NYS to treat suffering patients.
I am certain the Coalition will answer this. 
It is indeed a sad day,


We have a lot of work to do in 2015 both in NYS and federally. WE MUST REMAIN POSITIVE AND MOVE FORWARD. We can not get things done when we do not work together. TOGETHER we are a powerful force. We must not allow this to break our community.
This may be shared.
Jill Auerbach
Hudson Valley Lyme Disease Association, Chairperson
NYS Coalition on Lyme and Tick-borne Disease, Member

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