The Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Prevention and Control Act of 2009 was introduced by U.S. Representatives Mike Honda, (D-CA) and Charles Dent (R-PA) with original cosponsors Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Edolphus Towns (D-NY), Anh "Joseph" Cao (R-LA), David Wu (D-OR), Todd Platts (R-PA), Donna M. Christiansen (D-VI), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Bobby Rush (D-IL), George Butterfield (D-NC), and Judy Chu (D-CA). There are now 30 cosponsors of this groundbreaking, bipartisan legislation.
Our goal is at least 100 representatives to join as cosponsors and show their support for addressing the viral hepatitis epidemic by May 19th - World Hepatitis Day!
Make a Phone Call! Send an Email!
In order to pass this bill, we need you to take a few minutes to make an important phone call or send an email to your representative! This bill affects people at risk for and chronically infected with hepatitis B and C by expanding education for patients and health care providers, increasing access to hepatitis testing and liver cancer screening, improving the capacity of health departments to detect outbreaks, and supporting viral hepatitis prevention and education programs across the U.S.
If you don't know who your Representative is, go to http://www.congress.org and enter your zip code in the upper right corner. To find out if your representative is among those who already support HR 3974, go to http://www.thomas.gov and enter HR 3974 in the search field. You will be able to see a complete list of cosponsors. If your representative is already on the list, write or call to thank him or her for sponsoring HR 3974 and offer to provide your experience/expertise in this issue as needed.
Call or email your U.S. House Representative's office in Washington, DC. Ask to speak to the staff person who handles health issues. You might get their voicemail or you might reach this person directly. Even if you reach voice mail, leave your message.
Here's a sample call/email script:
"My name is ____________ , I live in (city, state), and I care about viral hepatitis. Hepatitis is a serious health problem in the U.S., in my District, and is a very important issue to me. I urge Representative _____________ to show leadership in the fight against hepatitis and liver cancer by cosponsoring Representative Honda and Dent's Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Control Act, H.R.3974. Thank you."
If there is time, tell them why this issue is important to you. You will probably only have time for 2-3 sentences. Members of Congress and their staff pay attention to their constituents. They need to hear how viral hepatitis affects you, the people you care for, your friends, family, and co-workers. Our lawmakers are unaware of viral hepatitis and how it impacts people in their Districts so they really need to hear from you!
You can reach your Representative by calling the Capitol Switchboard at
1-202-224-3121 or google their website for a number directly to their office.
Do you want to do more?
Make and appointment to visit your representative's district staff in your local area. Tell them why this legislation is important to YOU!
Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Control and Prevention Act of 2009( H.R.3974)
The Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Control Act would amend the Public Health Service Act to establish, promote, and support a comprehensive prevention, research, and medical management referral program for chronic hepatitis B and chronic hepatitis C virus infection, to include the following:
- EDUCATION AND TRAINING
- MEDICAL REFERRAL
- HEPATITIS B and C DISEASE CONTROL
- STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ADULT VIRAL HEPATITIS
- INTEGRATION WITH EXISTING PROGRAMS
- EXPANDED ACCESS TO SERVICES FOR UNDERSERVED AND
- DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTED