Created: 10/23/2013 3:54 PM WHEC.com
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new law that will better protect baby boomer New Yorkers from Hepatitis C. The new law will require hospitals and health service providers to offer testing for the virus to all patients born between 1945 and 1965.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 75 percent of Hepatitis C infection and about 73 percent of Hepatitis C-associated mortality occurs in individuals born between 1945 and 1965. New York State Department of Health statistics show that as many as 150,000 New Yorkers are unaware of their Hepatitis C status.
The new law will take effect on January 1, 2014.