HANNON BILL TO REQUIRE HOSPITALS TO OFFER HEPATITIS C TESTING PASSED BY SENATE
Would require individuals born between 1945 and 1965 to be offered test when receiving hospital inpatient or outpatient care
“Nationwide, approximately three million adults are infected with the hepatitis C virus, most are baby boomers and three out of four are unaware they are infected,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “By requiring health care providers to offer hepatitis C testing, as recommended by the CDC, we have an opportunity to protect individuals from the leading cause of liver disease, and to treat and cure those who have been infected before they become seriously ill.”
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released a report detailing birth cohort testing guidelines that indentified baby boomers (those born between 1945 and 1965) as at risk for hepatitis C. According to the CDC report, 45-85% of those individuals living with hepatitis C are unaware of their status.
This legislation will require hospitals and certain health care providers to offer the hepatitis C testing to those born between 1945 and 1965.
“There have been great advances over the past few years in treatments for hepatitis C, with early detection and treatment, the virus can be defeated before causing more serious complications,” said Hannon. “This legislation will ensure more individuals living with hepatitis C become aware of their infection status, and receive available treatment.”
This bill has been passed by both the Senate and Assembly and now awaits action by the Governor.