May 26, 2020
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has proclaimed May as Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Month
With summer fast approaching and people spending more time outdoors, it is important for everyone to learn about, and take precautions against tick-borne diseases.
In the United States, tick-borne disease accounts for the majority of vector-borne infections reported each year. In 2018, nearly 1,400 cases of Lyme disease were reported in the state of Maryland. The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) recognizes the public health impact of tick-borne disease and encourages Maryland residents to learn how to protect themselves, their family, and their pets from tick bites.
The National Capital Lyme Disease Association (NatCapLyme) is grateful to Governor Hogan and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene along with local health departments, healthcare providers, veterinarians, community organizations and advocacy groups for their continued commitment to raise awareness about Lyme and tick-borne diseases.
April 27, 2020
Susan R. Green, Esq, who serves as legislative counsel to the National Capital Lyme Disease Association, provided public comments at the 13th meeting (held via a webcast) of the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) on Monday, April 27, 2020.
Ms. Green’s comments were formulated based on the Right to Try bill signed into legislation on May 30, 2018. Specifically, she draws attention to access to care and the removal of the impediment that patients face in obtaining the Right to Try medications and protocols that may be life-saving or life altering for the treatment of Lyme and tick-borne diseases.
Ms. Green stated to the TBWDG, “I ask this committee to unfetter the hands of these doctors who are on the front lines of battling Lyme and tick-borne diseases trying to find a treatment to help these very sick and abandoned patients.”
January 29, 2020
Gregg P. Skall, Esq, who serves as legal counsel to the National Capital Lyme Disease Association, provided public comments at the 11th meeting of the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 in Washington, DC. Mr. Skall’s presentation focused the December 2019 signing of the Kay Hagan Tick Act. Mr. Skall asked the TBWDG, “Should this funding be appropriated, the important question here is “Who will get the money? Especially, since the legislative funding language was changed from “tick-borne” to “vector-borne” disease during the legislative process.” Mr. Skall further asked, “How much will be siphoned away from tick-borne disease to less common but more publicized vector diseases associated with mosquitoes?” Mr. Skall also stated that NatCapLyme believes that future research funding should include patients with the PERSISTENT form of the disease given that these patients are at the heart of the Lyme controversy!
January 21, 2020
Hello, I am Dr. Joseph Jemsek. I am an Infectious Disease physician working in Washington, DC and founder of the Jemsek Specialty Clinic. I am reaching out to you today because I wish to share good news.
In 2006, the NC medical board restricted my medical license due to my longer-term therapy of Lyme Borreliosis Complex in this very sick, politicized and marginalized population. Now, well over 13 years later, these NC medical board orders have been rescinded and abolished. This rarely happens.
Some of you may know about my career in HIV/AIDS where I started in the very early days and devoted over two decades to this epidemic. Some of you may also be aware that I’ve devoted my attention to Lyme Disease or ‘Lyme Borreliosis Complex’ for almost two decades as well.
February 10, 2016
The National Capital Lyme Disease Association (NatCapLyme) today announced that the Virginia Senate passed landmark legislation relating to a patients right to treatment under guidelines listed in the National Guidelines Clearinghouse (the “NGC”).
December 31, 2015
As we begin a new year at NatCapLyme, I would like to thank our community as well as our friends around the country for their support during the past year, and wish them all health and happiness in 2016. As a multi-purpose organization, our efforts are focused on helping people with tick-borne diseases through increased awareness, education, support, advocacy and research.
December 31, 2014
As we begin a new year at NatCapLyme would like to thank our community as well as our friends around the county for your support and help during the past year and wish you health and happiness in 2015. As a multi-purpose organization our efforts are focused on helping people with tick-borne diseases through awareness, education, support, advocacy, and research.
September 10, 2014
NATCAPLYME is pleased to announce a grant program for first time attending physicians to attend the upcoming ILADS Fundamentals of Lyme Disease.
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|Congress Asked To Take Closer Look at Lyme Disease||April 18, 2013|
|National Capital Lyme Disease Association WVPT||April 18, 2013|
|J. Randall Minchew, Loudoun, VA | HB1933||February 20, 2013|
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|Barbara J. Comstock, Fairfax, VA | HB1933||February 20, 2013|
May 17, 2017
NatCapLyme has suspended in-person support group meetings resulting from the global Coronavirus pandemic for the time being.
We will resume meetings once it is safe to do so for our community.