New Jersey CFIDS advocates are celebrating victory in their quest to gain approval and funding for a state program to educate physicians about CFIDS.
Gov. Cristie Whitman signed Assembly Bill #507 into law on April 16 after it passed unanimously in both the Assembly and Senate.
The bill allocates $95,000 for the program, in which the state Department of Health will conduct CFIDS awareness programs and medical education programs. The department also, in consultation with the New Jersey CFS Association (NJCFSA) and others, will create a manual for physicians on diagnosing, treating and managing the care of CFIDS patients. Based on recent prevalence studies, an estimated 17,000 New Jersey residents have CFIDS.
Congratulations to NJCFSA President Jon Sterling and his fellow advocates for their extraordinary efforts and their success!