Law is Passed!
Update and Call to Action on Lyme Bill HB 962
From Nat Cap Lyme: A very important Lyme disease bill (HB 962) in the Virginia House of Delegates could come up for a vote very soon.
HB 962 builds on the law passed in 2013, which mandated that medical professionals who order a Lyme test must also disclose in writing to patients that these tests are known to be problematic and can produce false negatives.
“The VA Lyme Bill just passed in Richmond by a Vote of 56 yes and 40 no.
This is now the LAW in the state of Virginia!
A. Every licensee or his in-office designee who orders a laboratory test for the presence of Lyme disease shall provide to the patient or his legal representative the following written information:
“ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, AS OF 2011 LYME DISEASE IS THE SIXTH FASTEST GROWING DISEASE IN THE UNITED STATES.
YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER HAS ORDERED A LABORATORY TEST FOR THE PRESENCE OF LYME DISEASE FOR YOU. CURRENT LABORATORY TESTING FOR LYME DISEASE CAN BE PROBLEMATIC AND STANDARD LABORATORY TESTS OFTEN RESULT IN FALSE NEGATIVE AND FALSE POSITIVE RESULTS, AND IF DONE TOO EARLY, YOU MAY NOT HAVE PRODUCED ENOUGH ANTIBODIES TO BE CONSIDERED POSITIVE BECAUSE YOUR IMMUNE RESPONSE REQUIRES TIME TO DEVELOP ANTIBODIES. IF YOU ARE TESTED FOR LYME DISEASE, AND THE RESULTS ARE NEGATIVE, THIS DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN YOU DO NOT HAVE LYME DISEASE. IF YOU CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE SYMPTOMS, YOU SHOULD CONTACT YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER AND INQUIRE ABOUT THE APPROPRIATENESS OF RETESTING OR ADDITIONAL TREATMENT.”
B. Licensees shall be immune from civil liability for the provision of the written information required by this section absent gross negligence or willful misconduct.
2. That the provisions of this act shall expire on July 1, 2018.”