NYS Hep C ‘Baby Boomer’ Testing Law

Background on the Law

Effective January 1, 2014, the NYS Hepatitis C Testing Law. 2171 requires healthcare providers to offer hep C test to baby boomers. The law requires full diagnostic testing for those who screen anti-body positive and either follow-up health care or referral to a health care provider who can provide follow-up health care.

Questions about the law and how it could affect you?
Find the answers on this NYS Department of Health FAQ.


A  HCV screening test must  be offered to every individual born between 1945 and 1965 receiving health services unless the health care practitioner providing such services reasonably believes that:
  • The individual is being treated for a life-threatening emergency
  • The individual has previously been offered or has been the subject of a  hepatitis C screening
  • The individual lacks capacity to consent to a hepatitis C screening test.
If an individual accepts the test offer and the screening test is positive/reactive, the health care provider must either
  1. offer the individual follow-up health care
  2. referral to a health care provider who can provide such care

The offer of testing must be culturally and linguistically appropriate in accordance with rules and regulations promulgated by the Commissioner of Health.

Last Updated on October 22, 2020 by HepFree NYC

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