Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) announced co-sponsorship of H.R. 3073, the TICK Act. Introduced by Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Congressman Collin C. Peterson (D-MN), this legislation seeks to prevent the spread of tick-borne illness in the United States through data and scientific analysis.
“The high prevalence of Lyme disease in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a very serious matter, and efforts must be made on federal, state, and local levels to minimize its presence,” said Fitzpatrick.
Specifically, the TICK Act would:
- Establish an Office of Oversight and Coordination for Vector-Borne Disease at the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Reauthorize Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease for five years at $10 million per year.
- Authorize CDC grants at $20 million per year that would be awarded to state health departments to assist in the development of a public health infrastructure for Lyme disease.