Bloody Lymey

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More Lyme Legislature! Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee

on July 12, 2014
Dear Friends,

Thanks to your help, the Massachusetts Bill H.4259, An Act Relative to Lyme Disease Treatment Coverage, that would require insurance companies to pay for long-term antibiotic treatment of Lyme disease was referred earlier this week to the MA House Ways and Means Committee! We have had good information that this bill will be considered by the Committee this Thursday, July 17, and that it can still get through and be voted on before this session ends, if we keep the interest high.
 
Do you think that the decision for treatment should NOT be up to your insurance company, and instead be left to you and your physician?


THEN YOUR VOICE NEEDS TO BE HEARD!

 

 
There are very few  weekdays left in this legislative session. We need to push this bill forward! Please CALL, WRITE, E-MAIL or VISIT your representative. Many MA Lyme advocates are also contacting the members the House Ways and Means Committee.
If you are from Southern Berkshire County, Representative Smitty Pignatelli from Lenox, represents you, has co-sponsored H.4259, and sits on the MA House Ways and Means Committee.
 
Find your MA legislators’ contact info at: https://malegislature.gov/people/search
Please reach out to family, friends, and neighbors and ask that they also CALL, WRITE, E-MAIL or VISIT! This legislation, if passed, would let people focus on the fight for their lives and not the fight with their insurance companies.
You are making a difference in the future of Lyme disease treatment. 
 
Thank you!

Karla

 
 
TALKING POINTS
 
1) Where in Massachusetts you are from. They most want to hear from people in their district.
 
2) I vote, and I am in favor of the Lyme Disease Patient Protection Bill, H.4259,

with the edits of the Mass Lyme Disease Legislative Task Force. Please vote in favor of this bill.

3) Why H.4259 is important to you (e.g., I can get the treatment that I need so I can get back to work)

4) Remind your rep that the financial impact study of this bill predicted LITTLE TO NO INCREASE in insurance premiums for the general public.

5) 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 2013.

 
 
Sample E-mail 
 
(Please add your own personal note about how Lyme disease has effected you and your loved ones to the beginning of this message)
 
(Just Copy, Paste, and Insert the Rep’s name & your name)
 
Subject: Support H.4259, An Act Relative to Lyme Disease Treatment Coverage & the MA Lyme Legislative Task Force’s Edits
 
Dear <Insert Rep on House Ways and Means>,
 
As one of the thousands of Massachusetts citizens affected by the burgeoning epidemic of Lyme disease, I support the intent of H.4259, An Act Relative to Lyme Disease Treatment Coverage which is currently before your committee. I respectfully request your assistance with H. 4259, as the current wording contains various loopholes that insurance companies could use to deny care to people with Lyme disease.
 
As the intent of the bill is to protect patients’ access to care, it is my hope that you may be able to assist us with implementing the Massachusetts Lyme Legislative Task Force’s essential edits to H. 4259, which serve to tighten up the legal wording.  Without these essential edits, the bill may harm people like me, the very people it is supposed to protect; I need your help. 
 
H. 4259 builds on the Massachusetts Physician Protection Act.  It also fulfills the Massachusetts Special Commission to Conduct an Investigation and Study of the Incidence and Impact of Lyme Disease recommendation for “mandatory Lyme disease insurance coverage to be enacted in Massachusetts.” Importantly, the recent Center for Health and Information Analysis (CHIA) report found that there would be little to no ($0.0) impact on the cost of insurance.
 
Please implement the suggested edits from the Massachusetts Lyme Legislative Task Force and vote favorably on H.4259.  Thank you for your time and consideration. 
 
Respectfully,
 
<insert your NAME and ADDRESS here>
 


Sample Facebook post or e-mail to family/friends:
 
I support H.4259 and the MA Lyme Legislative Task Force Edits. Do you? If
yes, then call 617-722-2990 and let Brian Dempsey, the House Chair of Ways
and Means know!
 
This note could be used when you share the following link to a recently published article, which talks about why this bill is so important. “Massachusetts face to face with Lyme disease patient protection bill:” http://worcestermag.com/2014/07/10/massachusetts-face-face-lyme-disease-patient-protection-bill/25114
 
 
MA House Ways & Means Committee Members
 
<https://malegislature.gov/Committees/House/H34>
If you are from Southern Berkshire County, Representative Smitty Pignatelli from Lenox, represents you, has co-sponsored H.4259, and sits on the MA House Ways and Means Committee.
 
Brian Dempsey, House Chair 617-722-2990
Brian.Dempsey@mahouse.gov
 
Stephen Kulik, House Vice Chair 617-722-2380
Stephen.Kulik@mahouse.gov
 
Matthew Beaton 617-722-2488
Matthew.Beaton@mahouse.gov
 
Michael Brady 617-722-2230
Michael.Brady@mahouse.gov
 
Linda Campbell 617-722-2305
Linda.Campbell@mahouse.gov
 
Christine Canavan 617-722-2575
Christine.Canavan@mahouse.gov
 
Nick Collins 617-722-2080
Nick.Collins@mahouse.gov
 
Viriato deMacedo 617-722-2100
Vinny.deMacedo@mahouse.gov
 
Angelo D’Emilia 617-722-2488
Angelo.D’Emilia@mahouse.gov
 
Geoff Diehl 617-722-2810
Geoff.Diehl@mahouse.gov
 
Carolyn Dykema 617-722-2210
Carolyn.Dykema@mahouse.gov
 
Lori Ehrlich 617-722-2014
Lori.Ehrlich@mahouse.gov
 
Robert Fennell (co-sponsor) 617-722-2575
Robert.Fennell@mahouse.gov
 
Gloria Fox 617-722-2810
Gloria.Fox@mahouse.gov
 
Sean Garballey (co-sponsor) 617-722-2090
Sean.Garballey@mahouse.gov
 
Robert Koczera 617-722-2582
Robert.Koczera@mahouse.gov
 
Timothy Madden (co-sponsor) 617-722-2810
Timothy.Madden@mahouse.gov
 
Paul McMurtry 617-722-2015
Paul.McMurtry@mahouse.gov
 
Kevin Murphy no # listed.
Kevin.Murphy@mahouse.gov
 
Rhonda Nyman 617-722-2210
Rhonda.Nyman@mahouse.gov
 
Thomas Petrolati 617-722-2255
Thomas.Petrolati@mahouse.gov
 
Smitty Pignatelli (co-sponsor) 617-722-2017
Smitty.Pignatelli@mahouse.gov
 
Angelo Scaccia 617-722-2060
Angelo.Scaccia@mahouse.gov
 
Thomas Stanley (co-sponsor) 617-722-2230
Thomas.Stanley@mahouse.gov
 
Walter Timilty 617-722-2230
Walter.Timilty@mahouse.gov
 
Cleon Turner 617-722-2090
Cleon.Turner@mahouse.gov
 
David Vieira 617-722-2230
David.Vieira@mahouse.gov
 
Donald Wong 617-722-2488
Donald.Wong@mahouse.gov
 
House Ways and Means Committee Members email list
 
It is better to send a separate individually addressed email to each Committee member, but if that is too hard for you the entire list is below:
 
Brian.Dempsey@mahouse.govStephen.Kulik@mahouse.gov,Angelo.Scaccia@mahouse.govThomas.Petrolati@mahouse.govChristine.Canavan@mahouse.govKevin.Murphy@mahouse.govThomas.Stanley@mahouse.govCleon.Turner@mahouse.govPaul.McMurtry@mahouse.govSean.Garballey@mahouse.govCarolyn.Dykema@mahouse.govNick.Collins@mahouse.govVinny.deMacedo@mahouse.govMatthew.Beaton@mahouse.govDavid.Vieira@mahouse.gov,Gloria.Fox@mahouse.govRobert.Koczera@mahouse.govRobert.Fennell@mahouse.govWalter.Timilty@mahouse.govSmitty.Pignatelli@mahouse.govLinda.Campbell@mahouse.govLori.Ehrlich@mahouse.govMichael.Brady@mahouse.govTimothy.Madden@mahouse.govRhonda.Nyman@mahouse.govAngelo.D’Emilia@mahouse.govGeoff.Diehl@mahouse.govDonald.Wong@mahouse.gov
Yes, Smitty is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. He is also a co-sponsor of this bill, and has been helpful with information and advice. He is one of the good guys on this bill! Yes, contact him, and be sure to THANK HIM.

We are asking right now that only constituents contact their reps on House Ways and Means. If Smitty is not your rep, please hold off on contacting right now. In a couple of days, we will have additional alerts, to make sure that no stone is unturned in getting support for this bill.

Thanks!

Sharon

MA Lyme Legislative Task Force

________________________________

Subject: MA LYME BILL ACTION ALERT!

Brian.Dempsey@mahouse.gov<mailto:Brian.Dempsey@mahouse.gov>

Stephen Kulik, House Vice Chair 617-722-2380

Stephen.Kulik@mahouse.gov<mailto:Stephen.Kulik@mahouse.gov>

Matthew Beaton 617-722-2488
Matthew.Beaton@mahouse.gov<mailto:Matthew.Beaton@mahouse.gov>

Michael Brady 617-722-2230
Michael.Brady@mahouse.gov<mailto:Michael.Brady@mahouse.gov>

Linda Campbell 617-722-2305
Linda.Campbell@mahouse.gov<mailto:Linda.Campbell@mahouse.gov>

Christine Canavan 617-722-2575
Christine.Canavan@mahouse.gov<mailto:Christine.Canavan@mahouse.gov>

Nick Collins 617-722-2080
Nick.Collins@mahouse.gov<mailto:Nick.Collins@mahouse.gov>

Viriato deMacedo 617-722-2100
Vinny.deMacedo@mahouse.gov<mailto:Vinny.deMacedo@mahouse.gov>

Angelo D’Emilia 617-722-2488
Angelo.D’Emilia@mahouse.gov<mailto:Angelo.D’Emilia@mahouse.gov>

Geoff Diehl 617-722-2810
Geoff.Diehl@mahouse.gov<mailto:Geoff.Diehl@mahouse.gov>

Carolyn Dykema 617-722-2210
Carolyn.Dykema@mahouse.gov<mailto:Carolyn.Dykema@mahouse.gov>

Lori Ehrlich 617-722-2014
Lori.Ehrlich@mahouse.gov<mailto:Lori.Ehrlich@mahouse.gov>

Robert Fennell (co-sponsor) 617-722-2575
Robert.Fennell@mahouse.gov<mailto:Robert.Fennell@mahouse.gov>

Gloria Fox 617-722-2810
Gloria.Fox@mahouse.gov<mailto:Gloria.Fox@mahouse.gov>

Sean Garballey (co-sponsor) 617-722-2090
Sean.Garballey@mahouse.gov<mailto:Sean.Garballey@mahouse.gov>

Robert Koczera 617-722-2582
Robert.Koczera@mahouse.gov<mailto:Robert.Koczera@mahouse.gov>

Timothy Madden (co-sponsor) 617-722-2810
Timothy.Madden@mahouse.gov<mailto:Timothy.Madden@mahouse.gov>

Paul McMurtry 617-722-2015
Paul.McMurtry@mahouse.gov<mailto:Paul.McMurtry@mahouse.gov>

Kevin Murphy no # listed.

Kevin.Murphy@mahouse.gov<mailto:Kevin.Murphy@mahouse.gov>

Rhonda Nyman 617-722-2210
Rhonda.Nyman@mahouse.gov<mailto:Rhonda.Nyman@mahouse.gov>

Thomas Petrolati 617-722-2255
Thomas.Petrolati@mahouse.gov<mailto:Thomas.Petrolati@mahouse.gov>

Smitty Pignatelli (co-sponsor) 617-722-2017
Smitty.Pignatelli@mahouse.gov<mailto:Smitty.Pignatelli@mahouse.gov>

Angelo Scaccia 617-722-2060
Angelo.Scaccia@mahouse.gov<mailto:Angelo.Scaccia@mahouse.gov>

Thomas Stanley (co-sponsor) 617-722-2230
Thomas.Stanley@mahouse.gov<mailto:Thomas.Stanley@mahouse.gov>

Walter Timilty 617-722-2230
Walter.Timilty@mahouse.gov<mailto:Walter.Timilty@mahouse.gov>

Cleon Turner 617-722-2090
Cleon.Turner@mahouse.gov<mailto:Cleon.Turner@mahouse.gov>

David Vieira 617-722-2230
David.Vieira@mahouse.gov<mailto:David.Vieira@mahouse.gov>

Donald Wong 617-722-2488
Donald.Wong@mahouse.gov<mailto:Donald.Wong@mahouse.gov>

House Ways and Means Committee Members email list

It is better to send a separate individually addressed email to each Committee member, but if that is too hard for you the entire list is below:

Brian.Dempsey@mahouse.gov<mailto:Brian.Dempsey@mahouse.gov>, Stephen.Kulik@mahouse.gov<mailto:Stephen.Kulik@mahouse.gov>, Angelo.Scaccia@mahouse.gov<mailto:Angelo.Scaccia@mahouse.gov>,Thomas.Petrolati@mahouse.gov<mailto:Thomas.Petrolati@mahouse.gov>, Christine.Canavan@mahouse.gov<mailto:Christine.Canavan@mahouse.gov>, Kevin.Murphy@mahouse.gov<mailto:Kevin.Murphy@mahouse.gov>,Thomas.Stanley@mahouse.gov<mailto:Thomas.Stanley@mahouse.gov>, Cleon.Turner@mahouse.gov<mailto:Cleon.Turner@mahouse.gov>, Paul.McMurtry@mahouse.gov<mailto:Paul.McMurtry@mahouse.gov>,Sean.Garballey@mahouse.gov<mailto:Sean.Garballey@mahouse.gov>, Carolyn.Dykema@mahouse.gov<mailto:Carolyn.Dykema@mahouse.gov>, Nick.Collins@mahouse.gov<mailto:Nick.Collins@mahouse.gov>,Vinny.deMacedo@mahouse.gov<mailto:Vinny.deMacedo@mahouse.gov>, Matthew.Beaton@mahouse.gov<mailto:Matthew.Beaton@mahouse.gov>, David.Vieira@mahouse.gov<mailto:David.Vieira@mahouse.gov>,Gloria.Fox@mahouse.gov<mailto:Gloria.Fox@mahouse.gov>, Robert.Koczera@mahouse.gov<mailto:Robert.Koczera@mahouse.gov>, Robert.Fennell@mahouse.gov<mailto:Robert.Fennell@mahouse.gov>,Walter.Timilty@mahouse.gov<mailto:Walter.Timilty@mahouse.gov>, Smitty.Pignatelli@mahouse.gov<mailto:Smitty.Pignatelli@mahouse.gov>, Linda.Campbell@mahouse.gov<mailto:Linda.Campbell@mahouse.gov>,Lori.Ehrlich@mahouse.gov<mailto:Lori.Ehrlich@mahouse.gov>, Michael.Brady@mahouse.gov<mailto:Michael.Brady@mahouse.gov>, Timothy.Madden@mahouse.gov<mailto:Timothy.Madden@mahouse.gov>,Rhonda.Nyman@mahouse.gov<mailto:Rhonda.Nyman@mahouse.gov>, Angelo.D’Emilia@mahouse.gov<mailto:Angelo.D’Emilia@mahouse.gov>, Geoff.Diehl@mahouse.gov<mailto:Geoff.Diehl@mahouse.gov>,Donald.Wong@mahouse.gov<mailto:Donald.Wong@mahouse.gov>


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