Jennifer Barrett

Jennifer Barrett


Jennifer Barrett is a Law student who recently published a law journal article entitled: It’s About Lyme: Why Congress Must Enact Medical Insurance Coverage Laws for Lyme Disease Patients Now (https://digitalcommons.law.seattleu.edu/sulr_supra/20/).

Jennifer grew up in Connecticut where she contracted Lyme around age 10. A second bout of Lyme disease in her twenties prompted her to attend law school in the hopes of helping other patients with access to care and insurance issues. Jennifer will be graduating this May from Seattle University School of Law.

It’s about Lyme

Day 1 - May 21st 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Summary of Lecture: Based on her research into insurance laws and the AIDS movement, Jennifer will present on how members of the Lyme community can work together to achieve change. She will provide a brief overview of existing state treatment and insurance laws followed by her proposal for a federal insurance law, which would mandate treatment coverage for all individuals with Lyme and tick-borne diseases. She has based this proposal on other federal insurance laws including the Federal Parity Act and the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act. She will conclude her presentation with lessons learned from the AIDS movement and how Lyme disease activists can work together to achieve similar results.

Key Learning Points of Lecture: The lecture will provide answers to the following questions: - What are the existing state laws on Lyme disease treatment and insurance coverage? - Which laws are most effective in achieving these goals? - Why is federal legislation the best answer for solving insurance coverage issues? - What lessons from the AIDS movement can Lyme Activists use to achieve change?


It’s About Lyme: The Laws and Regulations of Lyme Disease (11:30 am - 12:00 pm)