assembly Bill A8640

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Directs the commissioner of health to establish protocols for the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and other tick borne diseases

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to health
Oct 02, 2019 referred to health

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A8640 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S6657
Current Committee:
Assembly Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §206-b, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
S6926

A8640 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Directs the commissioner of health to establish a standard protocol for the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and other tick borne diseases identified by such commissioner; such protocol shall require the provision of written notification to each patient being treated for Lyme disease or other tick borne diseases relating to symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and other information relating to such diseases; enacts the "Demos Ford Act".

A8640 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  8640

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                             October 2, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. BARRETT, LUPARDO -- read once and referred to the
  Committee on Health

AN  ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to the diagnosis and
  treatment of Lyme disease and other tick borne diseases

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
the "Demos Ford Act".
  § 2. Section 206-b of the public health law, as added by  chapter  260
of the laws of 1988, is amended to read as follows:
  §  206-b. Special requirements with respect to Lyme disease diagnosis.
1. (A) Within thirty days after the effective date of this section,  the
commissioner  shall,  in  writing,  order  every physician practicing in
[Suffolk, Westchester and Nassau counties] THE  STATE  OF  NEW  YORK  to
review  the medical records of any patient such physician treated during
the period commencing January first, nineteen hundred  seventy-five  and
ending on the date of such order wherein such physician made a diagnosis
of  juvenile  rheumatoid  arthritis,  NEUROLOGICAL  AND NEUROPSYCHIATRIC
DISORDERS OR OTHER MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN SYNDROMES OF UNEXPLAINED  ORIGIN
and  to review the circumstances of such diagnosis to reconsider whether
such patient has suffered, or is suffering, from the complex, multi-sys-
tem disorder caused by [the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi] BACTERIA  IN
THE  BORRELIA GENUS, which disease is transmitted by [the Ixodes dammini
tick] TICKS and is commonly referred to as "Lyme disease"  AND/OR  ADDI-
TIONAL  TICK  BORNE  INFECTIONS  KNOWN  TO  CAUSE CO-MORBID DISEASES, IN
PARTICULAR, ANY SPECIES OF BARTONELLA AND BABESIA MICROTTI  AND  BABESIA
DUNCANII.  In any case where a hospital or other health care institution
or provider has custody or control of the medical records for a  patient
so  diagnosed,  upon  request such physician shall be entitled to review
such medical records for purposes of complying with such  order  or  the
commissioner  may  order any such hospital or other health care institu-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.