NVHR NEWSLETTER – February 2013
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National Viral Hepatits Roundtable

American Liver Foundation to Honor Martha Saly and Carol Brosgart

NVHR is proud that Executive Director, Martha Saly, will be honored for her leadership in the fight against viral hepatitis at the American Liver Foundation’s Salute to Excellence Awards Gala on Saturday, April 13, 2013 in San Francisco. Also being honored is longtime NVHR friend and colleague Dr. Carol Brosgart and A. Grant Heidrich. Go here for more information about the event and to purchase tickets.
Congratulations, Martha!


NVHR Comments on Medicaid Regulations

On February 21, 2013, NVHR submitted public comments in response to draft federal regulations on Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act. Our comments focused on the need for access to comprehensive viral hepatitis treatment as part the Medicaid Essential Health Benefits package, the need for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s hepatitis B and C testing recommendations to be included as preventive services, and the negative impact of high cost-sharing on people with viral hepatitis who have expensive treatment regimens. You can view these comments here.

New In-Language Hepatitis B Materials

Aloha Hep B United, Hep Free Hawaii and the Hawaii Department of Health have developed  new hepatitis B education materials in Chuukese, Ilocano, Samoan, Tongan and Marshallese. You can download the new hep B postcards here.

SAMSHA Announces Funding Opportunity

Last week, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services’ (SAMSHA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment  announced a new $1 million funding opportunity that supports rapid hepatitis C screening and referral to care in non-profit opioid treatment programs (OTPs)—programs that offer medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders. SAMHSA anticipates making 25 awards for up to $40,000 each. Applications are due April 5, 2013. Go here for more information and to view the application.

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