Massachusetts Lyme Insurance Bill – Fact vs Fiction

From the Massachusetts Lyme Legislative Task Force:

In anticipation of Governor Baker’s veto, we updated our previous advocacy document “Fiction versus Fact,” and have sent it to every state legislator to encourage them to support an override:


In view of Governor Baker’s veto of this vital legislation, we want to clarify some misconceptions about H4491 and to remind you of the following factual information. We hope that this will be help to sort out truth from error in suppositions about the bill.

FICTION #1: Legislators should not pass this bill because they are not qualified to practice medicine.

FACT: This bill does NOT legislate treatment. On the contrary, it enables licensed physicians to make treatment decisions based upon their best clinical judgement, without interference from third-party insurers.

It simply bridges the gap between the physician’s prescription of long-term antibiotics (defined as anything greater than one month), already protected by state law, and the patient’s ability to pay for it through insurance. This approach incorporates both physician judgement as well as patients’ values, consistent with the principles of evidence-based medicine.

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