senate Bill S5983
(D) 0 Senate District
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Authorizes the tick-borne disease institute to administer grants for tick-borne illness research, detection, education and outreach programs approved by the department of health and appropriates one million dollars for such grants.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
the powers and duties of the tick-borne disease institute; and making
an appropriation therefor
PURPOSE: To increase public awareness and community outreach for
prevention of tick bites and treatment of tick borne illness symptoms.
To provide funding for research and efforts to raise public awareness
of tick borne illness.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends Section 2798 of the public health law to
establish grants for research, detection, education and outreach
related to tick-borne illness. Section 2 provides an appropriation of
one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) to the department of health for
grants made by the Tick-Borne Disease Institute for research,
detection, education and outreach related to tick-borne illness.
JUSTIFICATION: The spread of Lyme disease in the Hudson Valley, Long
Island and other parts of New York State has been growing steadily in
the past few years. In August 2013 the CDC found that there are at
least ten times the number of people affected with Lyme disease than
was previously reported.
If not diagnosed and treated early, Lyme disease can lead to chronic
illness and can affect every system in the body, including the central
nervous system and the cardiac system. Later symptoms of Lyme disease
include arthritis, neurological problems (such as facial paralysis,
memory problems, extreme weaknesses of the extremities and seizures),
heart block and inflammation and even blindness.
Although we first identified Lyme disease in the 1970s, many questions
still remain to be examined. Currently, there is no definitive testing
or treatment for chronic Lyme disease. Despite the debilitating
nature of this disease and the many unanswered questions surrounding
Lyme disease we have not invested enough money into research. Indeed,
the funding for the Tick-Borne Disease Institute has been
significantly underfunded and is experiencing significant cuts from
$150,000 in 2008 to under $70,000 in 2013. This bill will begin our
path toward proper research funding.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This bill would provide the department of
health's tick borne disease institute with one million dollars from
the general fund for research, detection, education and outreach on
tick borne illness.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately
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