June 20, 2014
By NYS Senator Terry Gipson
Albany, NY – I have been so inspired by how many of you have taken action to help reach our shared goal of passing legislation in the State Senate to help those suffering from Lyme and tick-borne illness. Thank you.
I’m proud to tell you that the State Senate passed legislation (S.7854) that I co-sponsored which will protect doctors who treat patients with chronic Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.
During my first term, advocating for those suffering from Lyme disease and tick-borne illness has been one of my most important causes. I have met with families across the Hudson Valley and have heard from individuals throughout the state who are living with the devastating effects of these diseases.
For far too long, those suffering from Lyme and tick-borne illness have not had the patients’ rights that they deserve. The State Senate has finally listened to your voices and has come together to pass this important legislation that will help thousands of New Yorkers.
This bill must now be passed in the Assembly and signed by Governor Cuomo to become law. It is my hope that this legislation will be the necessary stepping-stone for New York State to take further action and require health insurers to provide coverage for the long-term medical care of Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses. I remain committed to fighting on behalf of those suffering from Lyme and tick-borne illness and their families. Our work is not done and it’s crucial that we continue to do everything in our power to address this serious health crisis.