A bipartisan group of Delaware legislators, advocates and community members recently unveiled a series of proposals to prevent the Lyme disease.

A bipartisan group of Delaware legislators, advocates and community members recently unveiled a series of proposals to prevent Lyme disease. Delaware had the sixth-highest incidence of Lyme disease in the United States in 2013.

House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf and Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-6th District, sponsored Senate Joint Resolution 10 last year, creating the Lyme Disease Prevention Task Force.

The recommendations include:

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna and UnitedHealthcare will lead a working group to find ways to improve health care coverage for patients.

University of Delaware, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical Community College will collaborate in an effort to have their students and faculty research ticks and Lyme disease in Delaware.

Legislation has been drafted that would establish a health care professional education oversight board. Another bill has been drafted that would expand the governing statute for the Department of Natural Resources to include the authority to address ticks.