Lyme disease legislation

Lyme disease legislation

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COMPANIES WILL SOON HAVE TO COVER SOMETHING ELSE IN ILLINOIS. WE TOLD YOU THE GOVERNOR SIGNED 150 BILLS INTO LAW LAST WEEK. THIS WAS ONE OF THEM. W-C-I-A 3’S GABRIELLE FRANKLIN JOINS US LIVE FROM OUR CAPITOL NEWSROOM. GABRIELLE — WHO’S GETTING MORE HELP? ((GABRIELLE)) UNDER THIS NEW LAW…PEOPLE WITH LYME DISEASE WILL RECEIVE MORE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR THEIR TREATMENTS. THE BILL SIGNED ALONG WITH THE EPIPEN BILL IN A CEREMONY REQUIRES COMPANIES TO COVER LONG-TERM ANTIBIOTIC THERAPY FOR PEOPLE WITH TICK- BORNE ILLNESSES LIKE LYME DISEASE. THE C-D-C SAYS… TWO HUNDRED EIGHTEEN CONFIRMED CASES AND 55 POSSIBLE CASES OF LYME DISEASE WERE REPORTED IN ILLINOIS IN 2017. BLACKLEGGED AND DEER TICKS CARRY THE DISEASE AND BE FOUND IN VARIOUS AREAS AROUND THE STATE. FAMILIES WITH LYME DISEASE SAY MSNY INSURERS ONLY COVER 21 DAYS OF TREATMENT BUT PEOPLE WITH THE DISEASE NEED MUCH MORE. “If they have been undiagnosed for any length of time like Lauryn was treatment is more complex, she was undiagnosed for three years. Many are losing their homes, their businesses and pensions to try to pay for their continued treatments and this legislation provides them with desperately needed options.” THE CDC ESTIMATES 20 TO 30 THOUSAND CASES OF LYME DISEASE ARE REPORTED EVERY YEAR. ((GABRIELLE)) INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR LYME DISEASE TAKES EFFECT IMMEDIATELY. WHILE COVERAGE FOR THE EPIPENS GO INTO EFFECT ON JANUARY 1ST. THANKS GABRIELLE. ((PAUL)) THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME ILLINOIS HAS PASSED LEGISLATION SURROUNDING THE DISEASE. LAST YEAR — LAWMAKERS APPROVED A BILL GIVING DOCTORS MORE PROTECTIONS WHEN PRESCRIBING EXPERIMENTAL DRUGS. DOCTORS TYPICALLY TREAT LYME DISEASE WITH ANTIBIOTICS… BUT THE LAW EXEMPTS DOCTORS FROM FACING DISCIPLINE WHEN PRESCRIBING OTHER TREATMENTS. ((ROSCOE))((PAUL)) ((KEVIN)) Tonight Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. North northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the evening. Wednesday Mostly cloudy, then gradually

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