Mass. Lyme-disease mandate covers antibiotic therapy

Self-insured companies don't need to follow mandates

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts Lyme disease patients will have their antibiotic-therapy covered. The House adopted a budget amendment that mandates Massachusetts insurers to cover these treatments.

Some patients with the tick-borne illness have gone out of state for treatment, or couldn’t pay for it because their insurance didn’t cover it.

Mary Macintyre of Belchertown told 22News, “I think it’s great that they’re covering one disease, but I definitely don’t think it should be discriminated where it’s only one. I think there’s many other diseases that should be covered as well.”

Representatives of the health insurance industry and small businesses say the mandate would disproportionately raise the health care costs of smaller companies. Self-insured companies don’t need to follow mandates.

House backs coverage requirement for Lyme disease treatment

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