Capitol rally calls for Lyme disease legislation

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – People with Lyme disease rallied at the state Capitol on Tuesday to support a bill that would help them cover their medical costs.

Senate Bill 100, introduced by Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, would allow doctors to treat Lyme disease patients with antibiotics beyond the CDC’s recommended 30 days and require insurance companies to cover the cost.

It is not total financial relief for those suffering from Lyme disease, but it is some coverage for the major treatments which include antibiotics.

Many who have Lyme report they had to stop or cut back at work because of their condition, causing financial stress. Insurance companies reportedly say it would be a financial burden on them and are against the bill.

According to Eric Huck, co-founder of the Pennsylvania Lyme Resource Network, the cost per year per patient is only around $0.13 per year for the insurance companies. He cites similar legislation already in place in states like Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

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