Hi folks, More than 50 Lyme patients went to the NYS capitol last Tuesday to lobby for two bills that would save our doctors from continued persecution from the state medical disciplinary board, the OPMC.
We need these bills to protect NY LLMDs.
Protecting the NYS doctors from persecution could finally end the climate of fear that has kept doctors throughout the country from treating chronic Lyme disease.
We had a big impact on the legislature. The word from that mysterious place known as "behind the scenes" is that Lobby Day moved the negotiations to a new level of intensity.
We are closer than we have ever been to getting legislation that will protect our doctors!
But we are not there yet.
This means that we have REALLY got to put on the grassroots pressure for the next few weeks. The legislature is now scheduled to recess for the year on Jue 22nd.
If you want to be sure you will have your doctors next year, please , please just consider the next weeks as a period that needs to be dedicated to activism to save our medical care.
TWO ACTIONS ARE REQUESTED FROM LYME DISEASE PATIENTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
To Write To The Governor:
Governor George E. Pataki
Albany, NY 12224
To Email The Governor:
Please include your mailing address.
Please continue to contact physicians in New York State asking that
they urge Senator Hannon to pass the OPMC Reform Bill, S5221, (This means
non-Lyme doctors, since Hannon needs to know that ALL doctors support this
Introduce yourself to the receptionist as a member of an advocacy group of doctors and patients working for legislation to give physicians due process in defending themselves aganst unjust investigations by the state disciplinary board,the OPMC. Ask that the flyer be brought to the doctor's attention. Tell the receptionist that we think the doctor would want to know about the bill so that he or she could contact the key Senator to get the bill passed.
If you get in to see the doctor, then you can explain about the OPMC
harassment of Lyme doctors that brought you to this activism. Ý If
they ask questions about the bill that you are unable to answer, refer
them to the website on the flyer.
Please do whatever you can to get everybody else working on this, as well. I will keep you posted on our progress.