H.R. 3723, the Viral Hepatitis Testing Act, was introduced in December, 2013, by Representative Bill Cassidy (R-LA). This bill would authorize $80 million over three years for targeted hepatitis B and C testing and linkage to care services. It also directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a public-private partnership to facilitate viral hepatitis surveillance, education, and testing services authorized in the legislation.
In June, 2013, the Senate version of this legislation, S. 2538, was introduced by Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI).
Passage of this legislation would demonstrate the commitment of Congress to address the viral hepatitis epidemic. It would also help further the goal in the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan of increasing the number of Americans who know they have chronic hepatitis B or C.
Please call your U.S. Representative and urge him/her to cosponsor H.R. 3723. Call your two U.S. Senators and urge them to cosponsor S. 2538.
Read the text of the House bill and list of current cosponsors here.
Read the text of the Senate bill and list of current cosponsors here.