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Public Law, Actions, Legal Opinions
Correspondence to U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal regarding the need for Federal legislation to protect physicians
who diagnose and treat Lyme disease patients.

Excerpts from Public Law 107-116 Signed by President Bush 1/10/02
"The Committee recognizes that the current state of laboratory testing for Lyme disease is very poor. The situation has led many people to be misdiagnosed and delayed proper treatment."  
"The Committee is distressed in hearing of the widespread misuse of the current Lyme disease surveillance case definition. While the CDC does state that 'this surveillance case definition was developed for national reporting of Lyme disease: it is NOT appropriate for clinical diagnosis,' the definition is reportedly misused as a standard of care for healthcare reimbursement, product (test) development, medical licensing hearings, and other legal cases."
 Connecticut Attorney General Lyme Disease Investigation and IDSA Settlement  
Press Release:
(with a reference to Kaiser)
 Mirrored here for historical purposes:

Connecticut Attorney General Investigation and Settlement Highlights
Connecticut Attorney General's Office Press Release
Attorney General's Investigation Reveals Flawed Lyme Disease Guideline
Process, IDSA Agrees To Reassess Guidelines, Install Independent Arbiter
May 1, 2008
In fact, United Healthcare, Health Net, Blue Cross of California,
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and other insurers have used the
guidelines as justification to deny reimbursement for long-term
antibiotic treatment."

Gonzaga Law Review;  Unprecedented Antitrust Investigation into Lyme Disease Treatment Guidelines
Possible Applicability of Antitrust Standard Setting Law to the Development
    of Clinical Practice Guidelines By Richard Wolfram 1 
    Antitrust HealthCare Chronicle - PDF File Download Link