NVHR NEWSLETTER – July 2013
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National Viral Hepatits Roundtable
July 28th is World Hepatitis Day, providing a tremendous opportunity to highlight the impact of the global viral hepatitis epidemic and to continue spreading awareness in the United States. With one in twelve people in the world living with chronic hepatitis B or C, and over 15,000 Americans dying each year from viral hepatitis, the need for urgency among our leaders has never been greater. We urge everyone to recognize World Hepatitis Day by calling or emailing their elected representatives in Congress and the state and local levels and urging them to take action now to end the viral hepatitis epidemic.
 
We also want to hear what your organizations are doing to recognize World Hepatitis Day. Please send us information about events or actions so that we can post on our website and highlight through social media. You can send information to info@nvhr.org.
 
USPSTF Victory!
 
On June 24th, 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final hepatitis C testing recommendations with the welcome news that it recommends testing all born between 1945 and 1965, as well as those at high-risk. This will result in a significant expansion of hepatitis C testing around the country. It is a tremendous victory, as the USPSTF changed its original draft “C” grade to a “B” for testing Baby Boomers. Thank you to everyone who submitted public comment and helped convince the Task Force to improve its draft grade. We did this together! Read NVHR’s press release about this announcement here.
 
Affordable Care Act webinar
 
Our recent webinar on Affordable Care Act implementation provided excellent information about the challenges and opportunities we face and what viral hepatitis advocates can do now to make a difference. Many thanks to AIDS Foundation of Chicago and HIVHealthReform.org for hosting the webinar and to our presenters. You can view slides from this webinar here.
 
Member highlight: American Liver Foundation
 
The American Liver Foundation has developed a new program called “HEP C 123, Diagnosis, Treatment and Support.” The program is designed to provide patients with a “one stop shop” for hepatitis C information and includes a  helpline staffed by trained information specialists. For more information go to http://hepc.liverfoundation.org.
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