New York, NY October 23, 2013 – On October 23rd, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill that would require individuals born between 1945 and 1965, known as “Baby Boomers”, to be offered hepatitis C testing in hospital and primary care settings. This bipartisan bill, which passed both houses of the state legislature in June, will significantly aid New York’s ability to address the Hepatitis C epidemic.
“Increasing access to Hepatitis C testing will allow greater access to care for those who are affected by this epidemic. We applaud the Governor for signing this legislation and our elected officials and partners that worked so hard on this bill to break the silence associated with the impact of viral hepatitis in our communities,” stated Guillermo Chacón, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS.
The Latino Commission on AIDS, which created National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day in 2012, is committed to working with our elected officials, partner organizations, local health departments, and other stakeholders to raise greater awareness on viral hepatitis, especially Hepatitis C, and its impact on all of our communities.