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  • NJ A3337
  • Requires hospitals and health care professionals to offer hepatitis C testing to certain individuals.
Introduced
(2/22/2016)
In Committee
(2/22/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires hospitals and health care professionals to offer hepatitis C testing to individuals born between 1945 and 1965. Specifically, a hospital or health care professional that provides health care services to an individual who was born between 1945 and 1965 would be required to offer a hepatitis C screening test to the individual unless the health care professional who has primary responsibility for the treatment and care of the individual reasonably believes that the individual: (1) is being treated for a life threatening emergency; (2) has previously been offered or has been the subject of a hepatitis C screening test; or (3) lacks capacity to consent to a hepatitis C screening test. If the results of the screening test are positive, the hospital or health care professional would be required to provide appropriate follow-up care, including a confirmation test, or refer the patient to a health care professional to provide follow-up care. The offering of a hepatitis C screening test must be culturally and linguistically appropriate in accordance with regulations promulgated by the Commissioner of Health. The bill requires the Commissioner of Health to evaluate the impact of the bill with respect to the number of individuals who are screened for hepatitis C and the number of individuals who have accessed care following a positive test, and to report to the Governor and the Legislature no later than one year after the date of enactment. The bill is to take effect on the first of January next following the date of enactment, and is to expire on January 1 of the fifth year next following the date of enactment. In August 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report detailing birth cohort testing guidelines that identified baby boomers (those born between 1945 and 1965) as being at risk for hepatitis C. In the United States, an estimated 2.7 to 3.9 million people are living with hepatitis C, and 75 percent of infected adults are people born between 1945 and 1965. Although effective treatments are available to clear hepatitis C virus infection from the body, most individuals with the virus do not know they are infected and do not receive needed care and treatment. Hepatitis C testing is therefore an important first step toward improving health outcomes for those individuals.
Health and Senior Services
Assembly Health and Senior Services Hearing (10:00 6/2/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)  (on 6/2/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
6/2/2016 Assembly Health and Senior Services Hearing (10:00 6/2/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
2/22/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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