Browsing Tag 'Hepatitis C'

VOCAL’s 2015 NY State Legislative & Budget Platform

The New York State legislative session has started, which means we have some work to do! Developed with our membership, this year’s policy platform includes proposals to make housing, transportation, and nutrition assistance for low income people with HIV/AIDS available statewide. Legislation to fully legalize syringe possession. A major new investment in ending the hepatitis […]

New York State Poised to Deny Hepatitis C Treatment to Thousands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 20, 2014 CONTACT: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, matt@vocal-ny.org. People Living with Hepatitis C, Healthcare Providers, and Advocates Demand Medicaid Coverage for New Treatment Medications NYS Medicaid placing arbitrary restrictions on hepatitis C treatment, denying the cure to thousands of low income New Yorkers. More than 200,000 New Yorkers are living with chronic […]

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  Cuomo signs bill protecting baby boomers from hep C Stephon Johnson | 10/31/2013 Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new bill designed to protect baby boomer New Yorkers from hepatitis C by requiring hospitals and health service providers to offer testing for the virus to anyone born between 1945 and 1965. “Hepatitis C is a debilitating and […]

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For immediate release – October 23, 2013 Contact: Sean Barry, 646.373.3344 (cell), Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062 (cell) Governor Cuomo Signs First-In-Nation Hepatitis C Testing Law, Healthcare Providers Now Required to Offer One-Time Test to Baby Boomers Over 200,000 New Yorkers are living with the hepatitis C virus, but over half don’t know their status; New law […]

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Hospitals and healthcare clinics in New York will now be required to offer baby boomers a test for the hepatitis C virus (HCV) after Governor Cuomo signed a bill backed by a broad coalition of New Yorkers on October 23, 2013. Read our press release online here. Hundreds of VOCAL-NY members traveled to Albany this […]

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Cuomo should sign bill to offer screening for hepatitis C October 21, 2013 By Alyssa Aguilera Alyssa Aguilera is political director for VOCAL New York, a grass-roots organization dedicated to creating healthy and just communities. New York can be a national leader in protecting the health of baby boomers if Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signs […]

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Community View: Hepatitis C is widespread problem – Baby boomers are at higher risk Jul. 26, 2013 Written by: ALEXANDER HARDMAN, VOCAL-NY Westchester It’s thought that well over 200,000 New Yorkers are living with the hepatitis C virus, and until last year I was one of them. Having been tested more than 10 years ago I was […]

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Gov. Cuomo should act to expand access to hepatitis C testing Matt Curtis works at VOCAL New York, a statewide, community-based membership organization that advocates for a just and healthy New York. By Matt Curtis | July 06, 2013 New York’s hepatitis C epidemic demands urgent action. The virus – which now kills more Americans annually than […]

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Hepatitis C screening law will help with early detection By Diane Nunez, Commentary | July 2, 2013 Diane Nunez is a community leader with Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders. When my friend Pat called to tell me she had been diagnosed with hepatitis C, she was already imagining her funeral. She had been diagnosed very […]

PR: VOCAL-NY Applauds U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Decision To Strengthen Hepatitis C Screening Recommendation For Baby Boomers

For Immediate Release – June 24, 2013 Contact: Matt Curtis, 646.234.9062 VOCAL-NY Applauds U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Decision To Strengthen Hepatitis C Screening Recommendation For Baby Boomers; Decision Will Expand Health Insurance Coverage For Testing Decision Follows Passage of First-in-Nation Bill Expanding Hepatitis C Testing for Baby Boomers in New York New York […]

New York Legislature Passes Hepatitis C Testing Law!

On June 20th, the New York Senate joined the Assembly in passing a first-in-the-nation hepatitis C testing law. If Governor Cuomo signs it, thousands of New Yorkers living with hepatitis C will learn their status and gain access to life-saving care. Since the legislation was introduced early this year, hundreds of VOCAL leaders have worked […]

PR: New York Senate Passes Hepatitis C Testing Law

For Immediate Release: June 20,2013 Contact: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062 New York Senate Passes First-In-Nation Hepatitis C Testing Law, Bill Now Goes to Governor Cuomo  Over 200,000 New Yorkers Living With Hepatitis C, But Most Don’t Know Their Status; Bill Will Help People With Hepatitis C Learn Their Status & Access Care Albany, NY – The New York Senate […]