New law helps baby boomers fight hepatitis C

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October 24, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill into law that requires hospitals and other health care providers in New York to offer hepatitis C tests to baby boomers.

Between 3 million and 4 million people in the United States have hepatitis C, a blood-borne disease that causes liver damage and is blamed for 15,000 deaths a year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people born between 1945 and 1965 are five times more likely to have it than people of other age groups.

Beginning next year, people born between 1945 and 1965 must be offered a hepatitis C screening test or diagnostic test when they are a patient at a hospital, clinic or a doctor's office.

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