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MN Lyme Bill in the Works | Senator John Marty to Attend the Event


Join us on Dec 8, 2009 Minnesota State Senator John Marty, author of Senate bill SF 1631.The goal of this bill is to protect physicians who treat Lyme disease aggressively from unwarranted intrusions by the state medical board. Come and learn how the passage of this Physician Protection bill will improve patient access to physicians who are able to correctly diagnose and treat Lyme disease.

About Lyme Disease in Minnesota:

· Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne disease in the United States. Minnesota ranks 8th, with 1,282 cases reported in 2008.

· The CDC estimates the number to be ten times what is reported.

· 1 in 3 deer ticks in Minnesota carry the Lyme bacteria, according to the MN Dept of Health.

· Lyme cases have spiked 450% in Minnesota from 1998 – 2008.

· Tests for LD are highly inaccurate and result in false negatives; insurance companies then use these results to deny care.

· Patients are often denied much-needed antibiotic treatment by doctors who are misinformed about the disease or fear reprisal from state medical boards.

· Each year thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, told that their symptoms are "all in their head.”

About Senator Marty:

As chair of the Senate Health Policy Committee, Senator Marty is in an advantageous position to advocate for the bill. With two decades of legislative experience, Senator Marty has the necessary skills to move the bill forward.

Make a difference:

Having a strong advocate in the state senate is only one part of the strategy for passing this bill. The most important part is citizen activism; Minnesota Lyme Action Support Group needs Minnesotan’s to speak up and demand action from governmental officials, including the senators and representatives elected from their districts.

Be a part of the solution to improve Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment in Minnesota.

We Need Your Help!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

7:00 PM

Hosanna Lutheran Church

9300 Scandia Trail

Forest Lake, Minnesota 55025


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