NVHR NEWSLETTER – October 2013
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National Viral Hepatits Roundtable
NVHR Appoints Executive Committee
 
The NVHR Steering Committee has appointed the Fiscal Year 2014 Executive Committee members, Michael Ninburg (Chair), Robert Gish (Vice-Chair), Jill Wolf (Treasurer), and Heather Lusk, who continues as Secretary for a second term. We thank outgoing Executive Committee members Daniel Raymond (Chair) and Dennis Simon (Treasurer) for their outstanding service and leadership.
 
NVHR Receives CDC Grant
 
NVHR is pleased to announce that we are the recipient of a cooperative agreement grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Under this grant, we will provide education and technical assistance to NVHR member organizations and other stakeholders to increase hepatitis C testing among those born between 1945 and 1965. We will provide updates on this exciting new program as it gets underway.  We also congratulate the Hepatitis B Foundation and Hep B United for a grant under the CDC cooperative agreement to increase hepatitis B testing among high risk groups and we look forward to collaboration between the two programs.

Arline Loh, White House Champion of Change
 
NVHR mourns the passing of Arline Loh, longtime hepatitis B advocate and advocates, who lost her battle with hepatitis B last week. Arline was recognized for her tireless leadership by being named a White House Champion of Change. You can read more about Arline’s  life, family, and work here.
 
Help 4 Hep
 
Help-4-Hep, a national, non-profit toll-free hepatitis C phone line, has recently revamped its website to further promote its service. Help-4-Hep‘s peer counselors provide practical and emotional support for people who have questions or concerns around testing, treatment, insurance, and other issues. NVHR encourages our members to help spread the word about this important service. 
 
Medicare/HCV testing update
 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is now reviewing public comment about adding hepatitis C testing for Medicare beneficiaries and is expected to release a draft decision early next year. Thank you to everyone who submitted comments. We will keep you informed as this process moves forward.
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