WASHINGTON, May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Trust for America's Health (TFAH) applauds the U.S. Department ofHealth and Human Services (HHS) for unveiling a new strategic approach to dealing with the silent epidemic of viral hepatitis today. This action plan will help the nation better identify millions of Americans who are living with chronic forms of hepatitis
"Millions of Baby Boomers and others have hepatitis B or C and do not realize it. They have been facing the potential fate of developing serious, life-threatening liver diseases without ever knowing they were even infected," said Jeff Levi, Ph.D., Executive Director of TFAH. "The plan calls for educating providers and communities, improving treatment, strengthening surveillance, reducing vaccine-preventable cases, protecting patients and healthcare workers, and curbing the spread through injection drugs. We hope the plan will receive the resources it needs to be fully and effectively implemented."
"This plan, if properly supported with sufficient resources, could help spare needless suffering and expensive medical costs – and since people develop these diseases as they age, this could result in particularly big savings for Medicare and Medicaid," added Levi.
According to a report TFAH and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) issued last year:
The full report can be found on TFAH's website at: http://www.tfah.org/report/76/hepatitis-report.
Trust for America's Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. www.healthyamericans.org
SOURCE Trust for America's Health
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