Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Medical Practice Act of 1987. Exempts physicians from disciplinary action by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation based solely upon the licensee's recommendation or provision of a treatment method for Lyme disease or other tick-borne disease if specified criteria are met. Effective immediately.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Lyme Disease Prevention and Protection Act. Provides that the Department of Public Health shall establish the Lyme Disease Prevention, Detection, and Outreach Program to advise the Department on disease prevention and surveillance and provider and public education relating to the disease. Provides that the Department shall continue to support the vector-borne disease epidemiologist coordinator who is responsible for overseeing the program. Provides that the program shall meet specified requirements to raise awareness about and to promote prevention of Lyme disease. Creates the Lyme Disease Task Force. Provides language concerning the duties and membership of the Task Force. Provides that the Department shall prepare a report annually indicating all efforts under the Act, and the report shall be posted on the Department's website and distributed to the General Assembly and the Task Force. Amends the Medical Practice Act of 1987. Provides that the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation shall not take disciplinary or non-disciplinary actions against a physician for experimental treatment for Lyme Disease or other tick-borne diseases.