Carolyn FortinoDec 14, 2016, 2:18 pm

Bill aiming to help people with Lyme disease passed

21st Century Cures Act’ requires comprehensive plan for research and prevention of disease

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After years of pushing for critical legislation to help prevent the spread of Lyme disease, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney announces a new bill has passed for the illness as part of the "21st Century Cures Act."

Tens of thousands of people living in the Hudson Valley have fallen victim to Lyme disease, a debilitating bacterial infection that is transmitted by ticks.

Rep. Maloney says the illness has become crippling in the region. But thanks to the new federal legislation known as the "21st Century Cures Act," patients living with Lyme disease will finally have the help they need.

For too long Congressman Maloney says victims of Lyme disease have been on their own whether it be fighting for health insurance coverage, or getting antibiotic prescriptions filled.

The disease has become a growing problem especially here in the Hudson Valley region, where many want to enjoy the great outdoors.

The bill requires the secretary of Health and Human Services to create a comprehensive plan for Congress within three years that includes benchmarks to measure research and progress.

The plan must also include ways to prevent the spread of the illness, as well as ways to improve the end result for those suffering from Lyme disease.

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