Governor Cuomo has signed a new law aimed at protecting New York's baby boomers from Hepatitis C. The law requires hospitals and health service providers to offer testing for the virus to all patients born between 1945 and 1965. Hepatitis C is a debilitating and potentially fatal disease that disproportionately affects the baby boomer generation. Governor Cuomo says the "new law will help fight Hepatitis C and keep New Yorkers safe by providing testing to those most likely to have this virus whenever they visit a medical facility."
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 75 % of Hepatitis C infection and about 73 % of Hepatitis C-associated mortality occurs in individuals born between 1945 and 1965, so-called baby boomers. 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 takes effect January 1, 2014.