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NVHR NEWSLETTER – April 2015
Navigating Hepatitis C: What Patients Need To Know - Webinar Archive
An archive of the slides and recording from NVHR's webinar Navigating Hepatitis C: What Patients Need to Know held on March 18, 2015 is now available on our website. This webinar covered the most important elements that patients need to know regarding screening, access to care, receiving and paying for treatment, and living with hepatitis C.

NVHR Appropriations Witness Testimony
On April 3, 2015, NVHR submitted witness testimony to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies. The testimony urges the Subcommittee to support the President's request for $62.8 million for the Division of Viral Hepatitis (DVH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Fiscal Year 2016 appropriations bill. The testimony also urges the Subcommittee not to add policy riders to the appropriations bill that would prohibit the use of federal funds for syringe exchange services. Read the testimony here.

New Report and Webinar Archive: Medicaid and Hepatitis C Treatment Access
The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) at Harvard Law School recently released a report that analyzes hepatitis C treatment access in Medicaid fee-for-service and managed care programs in 10 states. It also provides information about how advocates can use the report to advocate for expanded access to curative treatment. Download the report here.

CHLPI,  NVHR, and HIV Health Reform hosted a webinar on April 2, 2015, to present information from the report and to encourage state level advocacy to fight discriminatory treatment access restrictions. View the webinar slides and archive here.

NVHR Presentation at AAOHN Conference
NVHR Executive Director Ryan Clary and Dr. Cami Graham from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center provided a hepatitis C practice update and policy presentation at the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses' annual meeting in Boston on March 22, 2015. Download the presentation slides here.

CDC Hepatitis Testing Day Event Page
In preparation for Hepatitis Awareness Month in May and the 4th annual Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is bringing back the NPIN-sponsored Hepatitis Testing Day Event page for you to register your testing events!  Once events are registered people can search for testing events in their area by entering their zip code.  You can also promote the event page by featuring one of two different buttons on your site, so that others can register their events and your constituents can find testing events near them.  

Hepatitis C Patient Survey
NVHR is partnering with Kaiser Permanente and the Veterans Administration on a study of hepatitis C treatment. We are seeking input from hepatitis C patients and others in the community to help inform this study. Please take 5 minutes to complete this brief survey.

NVHR on the Road
On March 9 and 10, 2015, NVHR, the Hepatitis Appropriations Partnership, and Hep B United held Hepatitis on the Hill in Washington, DC. Over 70 participants from around the country met with Members of Congress and their staff to advocate for an increase in funding for hepatitis B and hepatitis C services.

NVHR staff also participated in the National Hispanic Medical Association's Hepatitis C Leadership Summit in Austin on March 12, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Forum on Hepatitis C in African American Communities in Washington, DC on March 11 and 12, 2015, and the National Hepatitis Corrections Network's annual meeting in Boston on March 18, 2015. On March 25, 2015, NVHR staff and Steering Committee members participated in the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease’s Hill Day in Washington, DC.

Updated NVHR Resource Page
Please visit NVHR's redesigned Baby Boomer Hepatitis C Page for the latest resources on expanding hepatitis C testing among those born during 1945 - 1965.
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