- Published: 06 March 2015
SPRINGFIELD – The Joint Hepatitis C Task Force held a press conference on Tuesday at the Capitol to discuss measures that will help at-risk individuals and people suffering from the disease.
“Hepatitis C is a silent killer and often goes untreated until it is too late,” Mulroe said. “That is why I am sponsoring legislation to get Hepatitis C screenings covered by providers, making it easier to get them and hopefully saving lives in the process.”
Individuals would have access to screenings and follow-up appointments relating to treatment. Additionally, Senator Mulroe is advocating for the mass adoption of a new medication that has been proven to not only cure Hepatitis C in a matter of weeks, but also cuts the costs and the trauma of existing treatments, such as interferon.
“The most at-risk individuals are baby boomers who have either received a blood transfusion or have in the past used drug intravenously,” Sen. Mulroe said. “Your past shouldn’t dictate your future. We are working hard to ensure that the people in Illinois currently suffering with Hepatitis C have a stronger prognosis for a better tomorrow.”
For more information about Hepatitis C or to find a screening location near you, please visit the American Liver Foundation website http://hepc.liverfoundation.org/ or http://caringambassadors.org/ or call the toll free Hepatitis C helpline 800-GO-LIVER (800-465-4837).
Click below to listen to Senator Mulroe’s speech during Tuesday’s press conference.