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17hens
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Great News!! The PA House "Human Services Committee" has House Bill 272 (Lyme Disease) & is going to vote to bring this bill out of committee NEXT WEEK!! Here's a recap of what is going on with this bill:

- this committee held a public hearing on the bill on Aug 30th. A video link to that hearing is here: http://media2.pahousegop.com/Generator.asp?videoname=461095653.wmv

- Since then amendments have been made to make the bill better - for example, surveillance program and testing of ticks publishing the data publicly has been added.

- We received the call yesterday - the Chair of the committee, Rep. DiGirolamo - indicating there is enough support to bring the bill out to the House Floor - this decision will be made formally by the committee next week in the Dec 14th in their committee meeting.

We have been told that it is absolutely critical that YOU contact members of the Human Services committee BEFORE 12/14, especially those that are in YOUR district, or those near your district.

Many are in the Northeast, and Pittsburgh area and Southeast areas. Ask for their support on this bill, and to get it out for a vote. Educate them regarding it's importance:



- patients/doctors should have the choice of treatment approach, not insurance companies (just like breast cancer)

- these treatment options are available for acne, and many other diseases, it makes no sense that Lyme disease patients, with much more serious disease, should not have access to these treatments that can be life-saving

- insurance companies should pay for the treatment prescribed by the doctor

- the harm to patients is unconscionable

- PA is #1 in Lyme disease, and the time to act is NOW



Find YOUR REPRESENTATIVE OR A NEIGHBORING ONE (doesn't have to be yours as long as they are generally in your region) ON THE COMMITTEE LIST BELOW, and call and email them -- ask them to vote to bring the bill out of committee!! THIS IS THE TIME TO ACT!!

The Committee list is below -- committee cosponsors are highlighted - Baker, Cohen, Killian, Murt, Watson.

Click this link to find out who your PA Representative is: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/index.cfm?CFID=35475374&CFTOKEN=61353888

Find the Reps. in or nearest to your district below and click this link to get contact info and CALL: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/cteeInfo/cteeInfo.cfm?cde=56&body=H


PA HOUSE HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE

DiGirolamo, Gene , Chair, Lower Bucks County - http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=19

Hahn, Marcia M. , Secretary, Northhampton, outside Allentown - http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1195

Delozier, Sheryl M., Subcommittee Chair on Drugs and Alcohol, Cumberland (Harrisburg area)- http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1167

Murt, Thomas P., Subcommittee Chair on Mental Health, Montco/Phil (Willow Grove, Hatboro, BrynAthyn) - http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1124

Baker, Matthew E. - Bradford/Tioga - http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=2

Brown, Rosemary M. - Monroe/Pike (Stroudsburg area)- http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1200

Emrick, Joe - Northhampton (Allentown area)- http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1207

Evankovich, Eli - Armstrong/Westmoreland (Pittsburgh area)- http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1208

Heffley, Doyle - Carbon (N of Allentown)- http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1211

Helm, Susan C. - Dauphin (Harrisburg)- http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1107

Killion, Thomas H. - Delaware/Chester - http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1011

Quigley, Thomas J. - MontCo (Pottstown, Royersford) - http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1039

Roae, Brad - Crawford (S of Erie) - http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1083

Simmons, Justin J. - Lehigh/Northhampton - http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1220

Watson, Katharine M. - Bucks (Doylestown area) - http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=261

Cohen, Mark B. , Democratic Chair - http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=268

Brownlee, Michelle F. , Democratic Secretary - http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1201

Gergely, Marc J., Subcommittee Democratic Chair on Drugs and Alcohol - http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1030

Payton, Tony J., Jr., Subcommittee Democratic Chair on Mental Health - http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1128

DeLissio, Pamela A. - Montco/Phila (Manyunk, Wissahickon Valley Park, Bala Cynwyd, Merion Station) - http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1205

Johnson, Kenyatta J. - Phil (South Philly) - http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1184

Pashinski, Eddie Day - Luzerne (Wilkes Barre area) - http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1112

Smith, Ken - Lackawanna (Scranton area) - http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1108

Wagner, Chelsa - Allegheny (Whitehall, Durmont) -http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1089

Wheatley, Jake - Allegheny (City of Pittsburgh, Squirrell Hill, Shadyside) - http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1026




PLEASE ACT NOW! IF THIS GETS OUT OF COMMITTEE, IT WILL GO TO A VOTE IN THE HOUSE AND IS EXPECTED TO PASS!

Julia Wagner
Chair, LymeAction PA, a state-wide coalition, www.lymeactionpa.com

President of MontCoLyme (Montgomery County (PA) Lyme Information and Support Group)[email protected]
MontCoLyme - 211 Main Street, North Wales, PA 19454
888-661-LYME (888-661-5963) (for general calls to MontCoLyme)

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[ 12-14-2011, 09:25 PM: Message edited by: 17hens ]

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Hey hey many hens,

Do you have the link to the actual bill, with amendments? Please share!

Tanks bunches!

[Big Grin]

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Yep, got it!

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&sessYr=2011&sessInd=0&billBody=S&billTyp=B&billNbr=0210&pn=0320

Also, for those wanting a template letter - http://www.lymeactionpa.com/home/speak-out/supporting-documents-pa-sb-210

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UPDATE:


Results of PA House of Rep meeting today...

HB 272 was unanimously passed out of the committee, and will go directly to the House of Representatives for a vote, hopefully early 2012.

Let's continue to maintain the momentum and the passion.

The House vote and the SENATE vote is critical to the passing of this vital piece of legislation.

Though this is a victory- our work has only just begun. Again, this is no small victory, but not the whole enchilada yet. Hang tight. :-)

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This is a beginning. Good News!
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Sent this to a sen today,

Please support house bill 272, video links


http://www.kettmann.com/Lyme/Save/


http://www.hulu.com/watch/268761/under-our-skin

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