Bloody Lymey

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Massachusetts Bill H.989, A Patient Protection Bill Needs Your Help!

on April 3, 2014

***CALL TO ACTION***CALL TO ACTION***CALL TO ACTION***

Massachusetts Bill H.989, A Patient Protection Bill Needs Your Help!

H.989, An Act Relative to Lyme Disease Treatment Coverage, a bill that will require insurance companies to cover physician-prescribed antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease, is currently in the Joint Committee on Financial Services. After the successful hearing in the fall, many representatives are now waiting for a report on how the law may impact the economy. We want them to push it forward regardless, because insurers who deny coverage for care are costing Massachusetts families and the Massachusetts economy. Don’t let some insurance companies push the costs onto Massachusetts residents, employers, and the economy.

Our representatives need to be reminded that H.989 is extremely important to us and that we are counting on them to support it.

WE NEED YOUR HELP, SO PLEASE CALL, WRITE, OR VISIT
YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND STATE SENATOR

Find your legislators’ contact info at https://malegislature.gov/people/search

TALKING POINTS

Where in Massachusetts you are from.

Why H.989 is important to you (e.g., I can get the treatment that I need so I can get back to work)

Remind your reps that Rhode Island passed a very similar bill in 2004 and the sky did not fall. People were able to receive their physician-prescribed care.

This specific legislation was recommended by the Governor’s Special Commission to Conduct an Investigation and Study of the Incidence and Impacts of Lyme Disease in October 2012.

If you want more talking points, and/or are visiting the representative’s office, then please find attached the packet for legislators.

Please note that it can also be found in the Files section of the MassachusettsLyme Yahoo! Group website at:

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MassachusettsLyme/files

“I vote, and I am in favor of the Lyme Disease Patient Protection bill H.989. Are You?


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