The Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA) announces that the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing to include tick-borne diseases legislation (HR 610) at 2 PM, Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC. Congressman Joseph Pitts (PA) will chair the hearing.
LDA President Pat Smith will testify on HR 610, discussing the serious and growing threat of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases (TBD), the dire effects on patients, many of whom are children, and the economic impacts and the need for a patient voice in the process.
The hearing entitled, "Examining Public Health Legislation to Help Local Communities," will focus on seven bills on different subjects, including HR 610, to provide for the Establishment of a Tick-Borne Diseases Advisory Committee.
HR 610 was authored and introduced by Congressman Christopher H. Smith (NJ), with Representatives Wolf (VA), Gibson (NY) and Peterson (MN) as original co-sponsors. The Energy and Commerce Committee should be commended for placing TBD legislation on the agenda.