Policy Updates and Action Alerts

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Comment | NYC Health Code Amendment – Hep C Reflex RNA Testing (Due 7/27/17)

July 10, 2017

Read and provide your comments on the NYC Department of Health proposed health code amendment on HCV reflex RNA testing.

 

Sign-On! Increase funding for Hep Prevention Activities at CDC (Due 4/5/17)

March 28, 2017

The letter urges support for increased funding for viral hepatitis in the FY2018 appropriations bills.

 

Win $150! Participate in our Logo Design Competition for Hep Awareness Events

March 23, 2017

Your logo will be printed on banners, flags, and flyers for Hepatitis Awareness events, including the Hep Free NYC Awareness Event on the steps of City Hall, May 10, 11 AM – 12 PM.

 

Ask Congress to Oppose the American Health Care Act

March 21, 2017

The plan will cause 24 million Americans to lose health care, among them many people living with or at risk for Hepatitis.

 

NYC Council Viral Hepatitis FY2018 Budget Proposal

March 14, 2017

The FY 2017-18 NYC Viral Hep Budget Proposal supports building on the existing success of the City’s viral hepatitis programs, including Check Hep B and C Patient Navigation Program, and Hep C Peer Navigation Program.

 

Endorse the Consensus Statement on Hep C Elimination in NYS

February 16, 2017

This Consensus statement was adopted at the NYS Hep C Elimination Summit and provides a statewide plan to eliminate Hep C.

 

NYS Hepatitis C Elimination Summit

February 8, 2017

On February 7, 2017, government representatives; medical providers; harm reduction and social service providers; and community advocates came together in Albany for the nation’s first Hep C Elimination Summit.

 

Sign-On! Hep C 2017 NYS Budget and Legislative Platform

January 30, 2017

VOCAL-NY and Harm Reduction Coalition have released the Hep C 2017 State Budget and Legislative Platform.

 

Attend NYS Hep C Legislative Awareness Day on Feb 6! (Meal stipend & transportation available)

January 26, 2017

On February 6th, in our State’s Capital, join hundreds of people living with Hep C, elected officials, healthcare professionals, services providers and people for a day of advocacy and action.

 

HHS releases updated National Viral Hep Action Plan (2017-2020)!

January 24, 2017

The Action Plan’s goals guide individuals and organizations to strengthen the response to Hep B and C.

 

Design Liver Life Walk T-shirt! American Liver Foundation (Due Jan 20)

January 12, 2017

It is time to unleash your creative side! The American Liver Foundation is looking to you to design the 2017 Liver Life Walk T-shirt. The winner of the design contest will receive a $50 Amazon gift card

 

Sign Hep focused letter opposing ACA repeal (Due Jan 11)

January 10, 2017

The letter will be sent to all United States Senators before they vote this week on a budget resolution that will pave the way for repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

 

NYS Senate and Assembly pass bill to end “Step Therapy” practice by insurers

January 6, 2017

The bill changes the rules surrounding step therapy, a process by which insurers can require that certain drugs be tried first before approving a physician’s prescription.

 

Report | State Medicaid Programs Illegally Restrict Access To Hep C Meds

November 23, 2016

Most states continue to impose discriminatory Hep C medication coverage restrictions in opposition to guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and AASLD.

 

Comment | Support CMS Health Equity DSRIP Innovation Fund (Due 11/20/16)

November 17, 2016

Support the Innovation Fund with comments on the Center for Medicaid Services website.

 

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New York State Hepatitis C Coalition is a diverse group of community, activist and advocacy organizations, and individuals. We fight for universal access to high quality HCV care, treatment and prevention. We demand unrestricted access to affordable curative treatments. Our mission is to end the HCV epidemic and eradicate HCV from NYS. Read the 2016 Legislative Platform here.

VOCAL – NY is a grassroots membership organization, focused on building power among people affected by HIV/AIDS, Hep C, drug use and mass incarceration to create healthy and just communities.

Harm Reduction Coalition is a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use.

National Viral Hepatitis Round Table (NVHR) is a coalition of more than 200 public private and voluntary organizations dedicated to reducing the incidence of infection, morbidity and mortality from viral hepatitis in the United States.

National Hepatitis B Task Force mission is to eliminate hepatitis B and hepatitis B related liver disease and liver cancer in the United States by empowering and mobilizing communities, enabling national networking and policy development, and by advocating for education and access to comprehensive care and affordable treatment for all Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.

Coalition for Syringe Access is a coalition of organizations and individuals working to end the ban on the use of Federal Funds for Syringe Services Programs.

Hep B United is a national coalition to address and eliminate hepatitis B, a serious liver infection that is the leading cause of liver cancer.  Hep B United aims to meet this public health challenge by increasing hepatitis B awareness, testing, vaccination and treatment.

National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) represents the nation’s chief state health agency staff who have programmatic responsibility for administering HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis healthcare, prevention, education, and supportive service programs funded by state and federal governments.

New York Organ Donor Network is an organ procurement organization dedicated to the recovery of organs and tissue for transplant in the greater New York metropolitan area.

One and Only Campaign is a public health campaign, led by the CDC and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC), to raise awareness among patients and healthcare providers about safe injection practices.


 

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