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Massachusetts Rep. Pushes for Lyme Disease Treatment Coverage

The state Department of Health of Massachusetts reported a 19% increase in Lyme disease occurrences since 2011 but until now insurance has not covered care for these patients for longer than 28 days, The Boston Globe reports. A new bill, sponsored by Representative Theodore Speliotis, is being pushed to require insurance to cover antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease as prescribed by a physician. Currently, many companies limit the coverage to a 28-day period, which backers of the legislation believe is unreasonable considered the long-term and debilitating effects of Lyme disease. Policy makers report that “the bill is the logical next step in expanding access to treatment.”

Read it in The Boston Globe.