Governor Hogan to Sign Landmark Lyme disease disclosure into law
On Tuesday, May 10 beginning at 10:30 am, Governor Larry Hogan will be signing Lyme disease legislation into law on the second floor of the state house. The signing of HB 399/SB 926 will be a wonderful message of hope to Lyme sufferers in Maryland.
“For years the Maryland General Assembly has tried and failed to pass any relief for Lyme sufferers,” said Delegate Kathy Afzali (R) District 4 Frederick and Carroll Counties. “Most people don’t know that the Lyme tests that are currently available through their local provider are only 30% accurate. If you are one of the unfortunate victims that doesn’t get a bull’s eye rash and clinical diagnosis with the tick bite, and your doctor relies on the lab test results, you may not get early antibiotic treatment and fall into a chronic Lyme situation,” Afzali added.
HB 399/SB 926 requires a health care provider issuing a lab test to disclose to the patient that the test is inaccurate and treatment may be required regardless of the test results.
The house and senate bills were sponsored by Delegate Afzali, Delegate Karen Lewis-Young, and Senator Ron Young. The bill was met with such favorability in the house and senate committees that all committee members co-sponsored the landmark piece of legislation.