WEST CHESTER (October 18) – State Senator Dinniman will be joined by officials from the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) for an information session on the implementation of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Lyme Disease Task Force Report on Thursday, October 20 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the New Garden Township Building.

flyerpaintThe session will feature a special presentation by the LBFC on the implementation of the report, which was compiled under Act 83 of 2014, the Lyme and Related Tick-Borne Disease Surveillance, Education and Prevention and Treatment Act.

The report outlines a series of recommendations on prevention, education and surveillance to combat Lyme disease in Pennsylvania.  In addition, under Act 83, the LBFC was tasked with estimating costs for the implementation of the task force’s recommendations.  During Thursday’s information session, representatives from LBFC will present their findings to the public.

Dinniman, a strong supporter and co-sponsor of Act 83, said he organized Thursday’s meeting to keep the local community informed of and involved in efforts to implement the recommendations of the report.

“A significant amount of time, energy and research went into this report,” Dinniman, who serves on both the Senate Public Health and Welfare and Environmental and Rural Affairs Committee, said. “Our goal is to use this report to help steer legislative action and positive change in preventing and effectively treating Lyme disease. This discussion is another step in that ongoing effort.

“The LBFC’s findings are crucial to responsibly implementing the Department of Health recommendations. It provides the state, local municipalities, and involved organizations, a path for effectively using funds to address Lyme in our community,” he added.

“We must continue to raise awareness of the dangers of Lyme, the importance of prevention, and the need for the medical community and larger community to examine a variety of approaches to treating long-term or chronic Lyme disease,” he said.

Dinniman is also a supporter and co-sponsor of Senate Bill 1299, legislation that would require health insurers to require treatment for Lyme patients.

Lyme disease is transmitted by deer tick bites. The early clinical diagnosis and appropriate treatment of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases can greatly reduce their risks. Left untreated, Lyme can cause a number of symptoms that can become quite severe and affect every system and organ in the body.

Recent statewide data show the reported cases of Lyme disease on the rise in most counties in the state and the presence of the Lyme disease-carrying black-legged, or deer tick in all 67 counties. For the past five years, Pennsylvania has led the nation in reported Lyme disease cases as Chester, Bucks, and Montgomery Counties all rank in the top six counties for Lyme disease cases in the nation.

The event is free and open to the public. The New Garden Township Building is located at 299 Starr Road in Landenberg.

 

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