Senate File 2009 - Introduced SENATE FILE 2009 BY SODDERS A BILL FOR An Act establishing a lyme disease task force. 1 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 2 TLSB 5331XS (3) 85 ad/nh
S.F. 2009 Section 1. LYME DISEASE TASK FORCE AND REPORT. 1 1. The department of public health shall establish and 2 facilitate a task force to examine the prevalence and treatment 3 of chronic lyme disease in the state. 4 2. The membership of the task force shall include but is not 5 limited to the following: 6 a. A representative of the department of public health. 7 b. A representative of the board of medicine. 8 c. A representative of the Iowa medical society. 9 d. A representative from the university of Iowa hospitals 10 and clinics. 11 e. An advocate concerned about chronic lyme disease. 12 f. Other members as the department of public health deems 13 necessary. 14 3. The task force shall discuss the prevalence of lyme 15 disease in the state, the appropriate treatment of lyme 16 disease, patient methodologies, studies on the effectiveness 17 of various treatments for lyme disease, legislative proposals 18 concerning lyme disease, board of medicine actions concerning 19 lyme disease, and other topics deemed appropriate by the 20 department of public health. The task force shall focus 21 primarily on chronic lyme disease. 22 4. The task force shall develop recommendations concerning 23 tracking of chronic lyme disease, appropriate care protocols 24 for chronic lyme disease, ways to promote public awareness 25 of chronic lyme disease, and other recommendations deemed 26 appropriate by the department of public health. The task force 27 shall include cost projections for all recommendations. 28 5. The task force shall, by December 15, 2014, submit a 29 report of its findings and recommendations to the governor, the 30 general assembly, and the department of public health. 31 EXPLANATION 32 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 33 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 34 This bill requires the department of public health (DPH) to 35 -1- LSB 5331XS (3) 85 ad/nh 1/ 2
S.F. 2009 establish and facilitate a task force concerning lyme disease. 1 The task force shall discuss the prevalence, treatment, 2 patient methodologies, legislative proposals, and board of 3 medicine actions concerning lyme disease. The bill directs 4 the task force to focus on chronic lyme disease. The bill 5 also requires the task force to develop recommendations for 6 tracking the disease, appropriate care protocols, and public 7 awareness, again with an emphasis on chronic lyme disease. 8 The bill directs the task force to submit its findings and 9 recommendations to the governor, general assembly, and the 10 department of public health by December 15, 2014. 11 -2- LSB 5331XS (3) 85 ad/nh 2/ 2