State Representative Gail Lavielle (R-143) joined PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections) advocates, including two Wilton residents, at the Legislative Office Building Thursday, Feb. 18, as they testified in favor of a bill that would require health insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of PANDAS.

PANDAS occurs when strep triggers a misdirected immune response results in inflammation of a child’s brain. The child quickly begins to exhibit life-changing symptoms such as OCD, anxiety, tics, personality changes, decline in math and handwriting abilities, sensory sensitivities, restrictive eating, and more.

Lavielle introduced Wilton parent Lisa Williams before the Insurance Committee.

In the photo, above (left to right):  Paula Penna of Manchester, Rachel Penna-Sher of Manchester, Gabriella True of West Hartford, State Representative Gail Lavielle, Lisa Williams of Wilton, and Joan McCullough of Wilton.