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TX Lyme Mom
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In spite of opposition by the Texas Medical Association (TMA), the bill to allow Lyme-friendly physicians in Texas to treat according to ILADS Treatment Guidelines passed last night -- just 3 min. before the mid-night deadline for passage!

Our Texas Constitution (Art. 16, Sect. 31) already affords us this protection, but our overly aggressive Texas Medical Board ignored and flagrantly disregarded our state constitution last year by sanctioning one of our LLMDs, causing him to close his office and retire early rather than to agree to treat according to the IDSA standard of care.

Unfortunately though, a separate bill to reform the abusive practices of our Texas Medical Board by guaranteeing fair due process to Texas physicians failed to pass, thanks to opposition by the Texas Medical Association.

Thus, it remains to be seen how many Texas physicians will be willing to treat Lyme patients for fear of harrassment by the Texas Medical Board based on trivial complaints unrelated to Lyme disease per se filed by "anonymous" complainants (ie, agents of insurance companies).

It will be two more years (2013) before the Texas Legislature convenes again to allow another opportunity to reform the Texas Medical Board.

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So, it sounds like at least some improvement -

Why two years? No legislature?!

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Tricky Tickey
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This is still good news for Texans. It will affect a lot of patients, in the positive, I hope.

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ISSUES AFTER: Tendonitis, letter reversal, Low immune system.
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tdtid
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Glad to hear this Tx Lyme Mom. Our NH Lyme Bill is in about the same spot. Next and final stop, the Governor.

Good luck in Texas with this. Moving one state at a time, but we need them all.

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Robin .. The Texas Legislature meets every two years. Can't believe they are still able to get things done that way .. or are they??

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stillwater, that was a good article. Thanks for sharing it.
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Just saw this headline "Perry vetoes texting while driving ban, 22 other bills." What's the chance he passed any Lyme bills?
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momintexas
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I read on the Yahoo Lyme Groups that he signed it on Friday!
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momintexas
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Supposedly it's listed in here, but I have not had a chance to read through it.

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Reports/Report.aspx?LegSess=82R&ID=signedbygov

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momintexas
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It's about anonymous complaints against Dr's and the use of long term antibiotics for illnesses.

I haven't seen it - I just read about it on Yahoo groups and someone provided that link.

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momintexas
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This link was also posted: http://www.txppr.org/

And below was also posted on the Yahoo Group.


"It's official: SB1360 is now the law of the land! Governor Perry signed it
(and also our identical "backup" bill, HB2975) on Friday. Attached is the
final, signed version of the bill(s) which is identical to what was passed
out of the House and Senate."

"Special thanks to everyone who contacted the Governor and their legislators
about this bill. And congrats to all of us who worked on it - it was
definitely a team effort! Later this year or early next year, the Texas
Medical Board will begin the rule-making process and we will be involved in
that process to make sure that the rules for approving Continuing Medical
Education (CME) courses are fair and appropriate.

Meanwhile, we really need to encourage ILADS and the other thought leaders
on our side of the debate to expedite the development of more Lyme-literate
CME courses so that we have a wide range of course options that can be
included on the approved list. This is a great opportunity for our side to
put its money where its mouth is regarding the advancement of the medical
science. I am confident that we can rise to meet this challenge, but it will
take a concerted effort - including more involvement in and financial
support of ILADS - to move the needle."

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Greenville, TX Now if we can get more LLMD's in smaller rural towns they may be some vast step towards the right direction. Praying Northeastern States

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http://www.hro.house.state.tx.us/pdf/ba82r/sb1360.pdf#navpanes=0

Sorry to say, it doesn't seem that helpful to me. It says if the doctor has taken a CME course, then the medical board has to take that into consideration when they threaten them. Of course, most (all?) the accredited CME courses are written by IDSA.

Let me know if there's something I'm missing here.

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