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 LymeBlog News: Insurers Refuse Lyme Treatment to Save 13 Cents

LymeBlog NewsLymeblog News
Lexington, KY USA
By Mac McDonald, Editor, Lymeblog News

Massachusetts Study Shows Insurers Deny Long Term Treatment for Lyme Disease to Save 13 Cents

Massachusetts House Bill (H.B.) 989, “An Act relative to Lyme disease treatment coverage,” sponsored by Rep. Speliotis of Danvers, was sent to the Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) last year for review. This report was just released and the financial impact to insurers of approving long term antibiotic treatment for those with chronic Lyme disease was found to be 13 cents per policy per year.

According to this CHIA study, Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne illness in the United States and Europe, and is transmitted to humans through tick bites.

According to some sources at the CDC, over 300,000 people in the United States are infected with Lyme disease each year.

The study states, "While the majority of Lyme disease patients are successfully treated with a single or double course of antibiotics, an estimated 10 to 20 percent of patients have symptoms that last months or years after antibiotic treatment, including fatigue and sleep disturbances,  muscle and joint pain, and cognitive deficits".

That is a possible 30,000 to 60,000 people who develop the symptoms of long term, or chronic, Lyme disease. At 13 cents per patient that might mean as much as $7,800 total annual financial impact spread over all insurance carriers in the United States.

For our readers in Europe, the United States has a healthcare system based on a free market model which allows doctors and hospitals to set their own prices for services. Likewise, even the nationally managed healthcare services called Medicaid, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act manage approval of specific treatments based on the model developed by "for profit" insurance companies. Some European national health services simply follow the model set by the United States rather than conducting their own studies to establish treatment plans.

The treatment approved by these "for profit" insurance companies in the United States is 14 to 28 days of oral antibiotics. These companies deny the existence of long term, or chronic, Lyme disease and deny, or limit, any treatment beyond the 28 days. This is such an ingrained policy that US insurers spend hundreds of thoudsands of dollars each year to influence legislators and medical boards to make sure doctors do not deviate from this treatment modality. In some states medical boards have punished, and even revoked the license to practice, of doctors who use long term antibiotics to treat chronic Lyme.

This study was conducted by a government agency in the state of Massachusetts and was not funded by any insurers. If the study is to be believed, insurers in the United States have been denying the existence of chronic Lyme and the antibiotics necessary for treatment so they can save 13 cents per policy, per year.

Posted by Editor on Saturday, May 24 @ 06:49:37 EDT (402 reads)
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 LymeBlog News: A bill that would protect doctors who treat Lyme disease long-term In NY State

Lyme In The NewsLymeBlog News
Lexington, KY USA
By LymeBlog News Staff

According to numerous reports the New York State Assembly has approved a bill that would protect doctors who treat Lyme disease on a long-term basis.

The bill (A.7558-a/S.5520-b), sponsored by Assemblyman Fred Thiele, would protect licensed physicians who prescribe long-term antibiotics therapy to treat Lyme disease from being disciplined by the New York State Board of Professional Medical Conduct.

According to the bill, physicians in the Hudson Valley have received disciplinary actions from the New York State Board of Professional Medical Conduct for providing treatment to patients who have shown symptoms of Lyme Disease, but whose tests have come back negative.

Read more "Assembly OK's bill that would protect doctors who treat Lyme disease long-termBy TIFFANY BROOKS)

Posted by Editor on Tuesday, May 20 @ 09:04:55 EDT (445 reads)
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 LymeBlog News: Tom Seaver Fighting Lyme Disease

Lyme and SportsLymeBlog News
Lexington, KY USA
By LymeBlog News Staff

Tom Seaver, the legendary star of the New York Mets, is fighting Lyme disease. The condition was only made public after an apparent gaff by Seavers in June when he issued a press release congratulating Mets pitcher Johan Santana for pitching the first no-hitter in Mets history which included the statement, "I've never met Johan personally, ...". However, Seaver had previously been on air with Santana in a half hour TV special where they discussed pitching strategies. 

"I didn't know what was happening." said Seaver, 68. But it wasn't until he forgot the name of a man who has worked at Seaver's vineyard for 7 years that Seaver's wife, Nancy Seaver, insisted that he go see a doctor.

Seavers told Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, that after months of private denial, the scariest incident came when his head vineyard worker, who has been with him for seven years, came into the house one morning.

“I looked at him and I didn’t know his name,” Seaver said.

Seavers told Madden“I felt like I had the worst case of the flu every day, and then I was having trouble remembering things and making bad decisions. I was scared. I said to myself: ‘It’s like I’m getting old before my time. Why is this happening?’ I thought I’d had a stroke.”

Comprehensive test revealed that he did not have dementia or a stroke, as he had feared, but rather Stage 3 Lyme disease. 

Seavers had first contracted Lyme disease in 1991 while working in his garden at his residence in Connecticut. 

Stage 3 Lyme disease, which can occur months or years after the initial infection, can result in memory loss, speech problems, sleep disorder and an overall feeling of chemical imbalance — all of which Seaver had been experiencing over the last year.

“But once it gets into your blood system, it causes real problems,” Seaver said. “I’m taking 24 pills a day now, most of them vitamins, plus one penicillin pill to get my chemical balance back. It’s a cycle that kills off all the spirochetes that junk up your system. It’s been a slow process in which I’ll still feel like I have a bad case of the flu for days, but these past couple of weeks they’ve been less and less. I haven’t had a glass of wine or a beer in eight months and I don’t miss it."

Posted by Editor on Thursday, July 11 @ 14:56:43 EDT (1447 reads)
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 LymeBlog News: Worldwide Lyme Disease Awareness Protest

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Worldwide Lyme Disease Awareneww Protest
From: worldwidelymediseaseprotestus.blogspot.com/
Worldwide Lyme Disease Protest - US


Several countries are putting together a worldwide protest for Lyme Disease Awareness. If you would like to find out more about it please click here.

If you would like to be involved in the protest for your state please visit:

Or click on your state:
If your state is not listed and you would like to start an event, please contact us. 

Over 20 Countries now involved in planning the Worldwide Lyme Disease Awareness Protest. Please stop by and like their facebook page to show your support!
Click More to see contact info for countries ...

Posted by Editor on Saturday, January 12 @ 21:40:29 EST (1918 reads)
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 LymeBlog News: Virginia State Health Commissioner Warns of Lyme Disease

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A NatCapLyme Bulletin

For Virginia Health Professionals An important message for you from
Virginia State Health Commissioner
Karen Remley, MD, MBA, FAAP
May 17, 2012 Dear Colleague, Wherever you practice in Virginia, you now have to assume that any patient exposed to ticks is at risk for Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases. In 2011, there were 1,023 confirmed or probable cases of Lyme disease and as you can see in the map, cases were confirmed in all regions of the state. In preparation for what may be a busy tick season this year, I am writing to build upon last year's communication and to provide you with the most current information about Lyme disease and other clinically relevant tickborne diseases in Virginia. In addition, I want to be sure you have access to helpful tickborne disease resources and recommended prevention guidance to provide your patients. READ THE FULL MESSAGE HERE: The National Capital Lyme & Tick-borne Disease Association
P.O. Box 8211 · McLean VA 22106-8211 · Phone & Fax 703-821-8822
natcaplyme@natcaplyme.org            http://www.natcaplyme.org National Capital Lyme Disease Association | P.O. Box 8211 | McLean, VA 22106

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