Here's the intro to the Lyme Disease report issued today. You can read the entire document by clicking on the link below.
Lyme Disease Commission Reports on Epidemic in Massachusetts
BOSTON – The Special Commission to Conduct an Investigation and Study the Incidence and Impacts of Lyme Disease released their report today which provided a detailed analysis of the issues facing the state surrounding Lyme disease as well as the Commission’s recommendations.
“As Chair of the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight, I identified a real public health crisis in Massachusetts,” stated David P. Linsky (D-Natick). “There was no clear plan or recommendation for treatment, prevention, or education relative to Lyme disease in this state and I am proud of the hard work that the Commission that I established put into this report in order to begin to properly address many of these issues”.
The Massachusetts House Post Audit and Oversight Committee established the Lyme Disease Commission in the FY10 budget after the release of their report; Lyme Disease in Massachusetts; A Public Health Crisis which outlined the lack of understanding and initiatives to correct this public health issue.
The purpose of the Commission was to provide a more in depth analysis of the disease in the Commonwealth while bringing together local experts from a wide variety of backgrounds in order to help develop proposals as to how to better educate, treat, and prevent the spread of Lyme disease. The Commission consisted of twenty-one members ranging in experience from state legislators and public health officials to doctors and disease specialists to patients and advocates.
Upon the formation of the Commission the members broke into five sub-commissions; State Surveillance and Reporting, Education and Awareness, Funding, Prevention, and Insurance and Liability Issues which met on a regular basis and the full Commission came together once a month to discuss each group’s findings. Collectively, the Commission made recommendations in each area including more research for diagnostic testing, funding for school and medical professional education programs and mandated insurance coverage.
The report is available on the Massachusetts Legislature’s website under the House Post Audit and Oversight Committee, “Committee Documents” tab at http://www.malegislature.gov/Content/Documents/Committees/H46/LymeDiseaseCommissionFinalReport-2013-02-28.pdf as well as directly through Representative Linsky’s office which can be reached at (617) 722-2575 or by emailing David.Linsky@MAHouse.gov