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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.

Details

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.

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