Lyme Disease Bill HB 295 – February 3rd, 2011

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Dear Members of the Lyme Community,

I am excited to inform you about proposed legislation in New Hampshire which will authorize licensed physicians to prescribe long-term antibiotics for therapeutic purposes to patients diagnosed with Lyme Disease.

Please Attend Public Hearing on Thursday, February 3rd at 9:00 a.m.

Lyme Disease Bill HB 295 is scheduled for a public hearing on Thursday, February 3rd at 9 a.m. before the NH House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee.

It is imperative that members of the New Hampshire Lyme Community attend the hearing to show their support.  Please put this date on your calendar and pass the word on to your friends.  A large turnout will significantly increase the chances of passage of this bill.

The hearing will be held in the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Room 205 and 207. The LOB is located directly behind the State House in Concord, 107 North Main Street.

Written Testimony –

If you intend to testify this year we encourage you to submit a written copy of your testimony.  Please send your testimonies to whomever you received this notification from by 5:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 1st.

Your testimony can include a brief summary of your illness and the impact it has had on your life. If appropriate you can talk about the difficulty you had in getting diagnosed and the importance of long-term antibiotic treatment in your care and recovery. Remember, this bill is all about protecting the doctor’s right to treat with long-term antibiotics if deemed necessary.

The NH House HHS Committee has indicated that they will impose a strict 3 minute restriction on testimonies.  Please do not use the names of LLMDs.  We appreciate your submissions which will help us to organize our debate.

What is New Hampshire House Bill 295

House Bill 295 is a bipartisan bill related to the use of long-term antibiotics for the treatment of Lyme Disease. It is sponsored by Rep. Daniels, Hills 6; Rep. C. Vita, Straf 3; Rep. Case, Rock 1; Rep. P. Schmidt, Straf 4; Sen. D’Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen. Forsythe, Dist 4. This bill authorizes licensed physicians to prescribe long-term antibiotics for therapeutic purposes to patients diagnosed with Lyme Disease. HB 295 will protect the physician’s rights to determine the most appropriate treatment protocol for their patients.
New Hampshire Lyme Legislation Committee

Rep. Gary Daniels (sponsor)
Rep. Carol Vita (sponsor)
Nancy Bourassa
Julie Hall
David Hunter
Cathy Kettmann
Greg Kettmann