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Jacobs named to task force focusing on tick-borne illness


State Sen. Chris Jacobs, R-Buffalo, was appointed to the Senate’s Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Task Force this week.

Jacobs cited a general lack of public awareness of the diseases despite the severity of the condition.

“So many Western New Yorkers have been impacted by these diseases, and now I am looking forward to getting to work with my colleagues to develop policies and identify resources to educate the public and improve outcomes for families affected by these illnesses.”

Jacobs supported including $400,000 in the recently enacted state budget to combat Lyme and tick-borne diseases.

He is also co-sponsoring legislation that would require the New York State Health Care Quality and Cost Containment Commission to submit a report to the governor and the legislature on the impact on health insurance costs of requiring coverage of these diseases.

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