Legislation requiring the vaccination of State employees before they can be covered by Workers Compensation if they contract Lyme disease. The 1999 Maryland bills are an example- see below.
HOUSE BILL 311- 1999 Session
36 (D) (1) A PAID LAW ENFORCEMENT EMPLOYEE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF
37 NATURAL RESOURCES WHO IS A COVERED EMPLOYEE UNDER § 9-207 OF THIS TITLE
38 IS PRESUMED TO HAVE AN OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE THAT WAS SUFFERED IN THE
39 LINE OF DUTY AND IS COMPENSABLE UNDER THIS TITLE IF THE EMPLOYEE:
40 (1) (I) IS SUFFERING FROM LYME DISEASE; AND
4 HOUSE BILL 311
1 (2) (II) WAS NOT SUFFERING FROM LYME DISEASE BEFORE
2 ASSIGNMENT TO A POSITION THAT REGULARLY PLACES THE EMPLOYEE IN AN
3 OUTDOOR WOODED ENVIRONMENT; AND
4 (III) EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH (2) OF THIS SUBSECTION,
5 DEMONSTRATES THAT THE EMPLOYEE HAD ANY LYME DISEASE VACCINATION
6 REQUIRED OR MADE AVAILABLE TO THE EMPLOYEE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF
7 NATURAL RESOURCES.
8 (2) THE REQUIREMENT IMPOSED BY PARAGRAPH (1)(III) OF THIS
9 SUBSECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO AN INDIVIDUAL WHO OBJECTS TO IMMUNIZATION
10 BECAUSE IT CONFLICTS WITH THE INDIVIDUAL'S BONA FIDE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS
11 AND PRACTICES.
It all boils down to MONEY.
Maryland Senate Bill 420
Department of Legislative Services
Maryland General Assembly 1999 Session
FISCAL NOTE Revised
(Senators Hafer and Ferguson)
1999- "For illustrative purposes, if there were two such claims per year that were not currently compensable but compensable under this provision, then the potential cost to the State would be $42,000 annually based on an average cost per claim of $21,000. (Claims involving Lyme Disease are potentially more costly than average if the disease goes undiagnosed for a period of time.)" Information Source(s): Department of Natural Resources, Injured Workers’ Insurance Fund, Subsequent Injury Fund, Uninsured Employers’ Fund, Workers’ Compensation Commission, National Council on Compensation Insurance, Department of Legislative Services