Huge Win for Hepatitis C Healthcare

In an effort to continue to bring the “Silent Epidemic” into the forefront, State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago) advanced legislation out of the House that would provide individuals born between the years of 1945 and 1965 with the opportunity to be tested for Hepatitis C. The measure would require physicians to offer the screening to patients who are part of the at-risk group.

“Nearly seventy-five percent of those living with Hepatitis C are unaware that they are infected with the virus. Those unknowingly infected has reached such a staggering amount because of the lack of awareness in both patients and the medical community,” explained Rep. McAuliffe. “The major at-risk group, our Baby Boomers, have not had appropriate access to screening opportunities which could have life-saving implications.” Read more.