senate Bill S6657

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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Aug 19, 2019 referred to rules

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S6657 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8640
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §206-b, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
S6926

S6657 (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".

S6657 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6657 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  6657

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             August 19, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  AKSHAR, SERINO -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

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.

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