S.1503 - Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2015114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 06/04/2015)|
|Committees:||Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 06/04/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.1503 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (06/04/2015)
Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Education, and Research Act of 2015
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish the Tick-Borne Diseases Advisory Committee to advise HHS on how to: (1) ensure coordination with other federal agencies, private organizations, and constituency groups regarding efforts to address Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases; (2) ensure that a broad spectrum of scientific viewpoints is considered in public health policy decisions and that information disseminated to the public and physicians is based on the best available science; and (3) advise federal agencies on priorities related to tick-borne diseases.
HHS must coordinate federal activities related to tick-borne diseases and conduct or support activities related to tick-borne diseases, including:
- developing diagnostic tools and tests,
- improving the efficient utilization of diagnostic tests,
- surveillance and reporting,
- providing and promoting access to a clearinghouse of information,
- increasing public education,
- creating a physician education program on the latest research and treatment options for Lyme disease,
- research on tick repellents and strategies for the control of ticks,
- exploring the potential for vaccines,
- establishing epidemiological research objectives, and
- determining the effectiveness of different treatments.
HHS must report on scientific conferences that cost the federal government more than $100,000 and address tick-borne diseases.