December 17, 2004 - There’s good news and there’s bad news.
The good news is that we’re getting closer to protecting doctors and patients in both PA and NY. The bad news is that we have to try harder next year to get legislation passed and approved by the governors in both states.
First: Governor Pataki vetoed the bill in New York state that would have protected doctors from malicious persecution by the OPMC (Office of Professional Medical Conduct). Lyme treating doctors continue to be harassed by the OPMC and relief will come for the doctors and their patients when the new legislation is passed and signed. Efforts in NY got the bill to the governor’s desk, but he vetoed it. Next year, Lyme activists will be back again.
Second: In Pennsylvania, the House passed HB 1977 but it never got to a vote in the Senate. Provision #8 is what probably got this bill sent to the Banking and Insurance committee and not the Health and Human Services Committee. The B & I committee tabled the bill, so it did not get to the floor of the senate for a vote.
HB 1977 in a nut shell:
These are critically important provisions which need to be adopted. You can help by contacting your local State Senator when the 2005 session gets underway. We’ll let you know on our web site when to take action.
Gandhi said, "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."