senate Bill S5297

2021-2022 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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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Finance Committee


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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Apr 26, 2022 reported and committed to finance
Mar 17, 2022 notice of committee consideration - requested
Jan 05, 2022 referred to health
Mar 01, 2021 referred to health

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Apr 26, 2022 - Health committee Vote

S5297
8
1
committee
8
Aye
1
Nay
5
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
1
Excused
0
Abstained
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Health Committee Vote: Apr 26, 2022

nay (1)
excused (1)

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S5297 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §206-b, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2017-2018: S6926
2019-2020: S6657

S5297 (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".

S5297 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5297 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   5297
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                               March 1, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  AKSHAR -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed 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.

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