DE HB291 | 2015-2016 | 148th General Assembly


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill
Status: Passed on August 29 2016 - 100% progression
Action: 2016-08-29 - Signed by Governor
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [HTML]


Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. Typical symptoms include fatigue, fever, and headache. Without treatment, the infection can damage the joints, heart, and central nervous symptom, resulting in meningitis, temporary facial paralysis, and impaired muscle function. Newly-diagnosed patients can be treated with antibiotics. Even with treatment, many patients experience chronic symptoms. Due to the general nature of the symptoms and lack of awareness or understanding of the disease, however, many patients have experienced difficulty in receiving an accurate diagnosis and receiving appropriate treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of people diagnosed with Lyme disease each year is around 300,000. Delaware, along with our neighboring states, is in the red zone for Lyme disease. In 2013, 13 states in the northeast region of the U.S. alone reported more than 94% of the confirmed cases of Lyme disease across the country; Delaware had the 6th highest incidence of those reported cases. Delaware has a greater need to understand and respond to Lyme disease than other states. The statistics show that Delaware has a heightened interest in educating its health care professionals about Lyme disease. This Act is the result of the findings of the Lyme Disease Task Force (“the Task Force”). On June 1, 2015, the Task Force issued a report that made several recommendations to address this critical health threat which is unique to Delawareans, including the creation of the Lyme Disease Education Oversight Board (“the Board”), which is tasked with the following: Educating health care professionals to develop a high index of suspicion for Lyme disease, because Delaware is in an endemic area for the disease. Educating health care professionals that Lyme disease can be diagnosed clinically based on history and physical examination, and serologic antibody testing can confirm, but is not required to make, a clinical diagnosis. Encouraging continuing medical education credits and nursing continuing education units regarding Lyme disease and make the topic enticing to encourage health care professionals to attend such courses as soon as they are available. Hosting continuing education credits and units in all three counties, making efforts to host the courses in hospitals to get the most health care professionals together at once. Delivering education in a variety of methods, using professional associations, medical journals, radio, internet, and conferences, and linking medical training with a public awareness campaign. Trying to bring all health care professionals together for collaboration. This Act includes a sunset provision and will expire 8 years after its enactment unless otherwise provided by a subsequent act of the General Assembly.

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An Act To Amend Title 16 Of The Delaware Code Relating To The Creation Of An Oversight Board To Educate Health Care Professionals About Lyme Disease.


Roll Calls

2016-06-29 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 33 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 8) [PASS]
2016-06-28 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 21 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2016-08-29SenateSigned by Governor
2016-06-29HousePassed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 33 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 8 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2016-06-28SenatePassed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2016-06-28SenateAmendment SA 2 - Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2016-06-28SenateAmendment SA 2 - Introduced in Senate
2016-06-28SenateAmendment SA 1 - Stricken
2016-06-22SenateAmendment SA 1 - Introduced and Placed With the Bill in Senate
2016-06-08SenateReported Out of Committee (NATURAL RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits
2016-03-30SenateAssigned to Natural Resources & Environmental Control Committee in Senate
2016-03-24HousePassed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 37 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 4 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2016-03-24HouseAmendment HA 3 - Stricken
2016-03-24HouseAmendment HA 3 - Introduced in House
2016-03-24HouseAmendment HA 2 - Passed in House by Voice Vote
2016-03-24HouseAmendment HA 2 - Introduced in House
2016-03-24HouseAmendment HA 1 - Passed in House by Voice Vote
2016-03-23HouseReported Out of Committee (NATURAL RESOURCES) in House with 2 Favorable, 6 On Its Merits
2016-03-23HouseAmendment HA 1 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
2016-03-16HouseIntroduced and Assigned to Natural Resources Committee in House

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