March 18, 2014
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Alan Franciscus

Dear Advocates:

This week's Eblast features many important and interesting articles on hepatitis C and B including the top 10 viewed articles/fact sheets from the HCV and HBV Advocate, disability issues, HCV blog and a new service, The HCV Advocate Daily, that provides all the news from around the internet to help us all stay up to date with the latest information.

Alan

 

1. Top Ten: Check out the Top Ten documents that were viewed on the HCV and HBV Advocate Websites – find out what others are reading regarding viral hepatitis.

HCV —HCV's top ten include English and Spanish Fact Sheets and Guides:

  • A Guide to Hepatitis C 2014
  • Hepatitis and Disability
  • January 2014 edition of the HCV Advocate newsletter
  • Understanding HCV: A Patient Pocket Guide
  • HCV Diagnostic Tools: HCV Viral Load Tests
  • First Steps with HCV — for the Newly Diagnosed

and more.....


HBV —Among the top ten are:

  • How to Interpret Hepatitis B Antibody & Viral Tests
  • What Is HBV DNA and How Is It Measured?
  • How to Interpret and Understand Liver Tests
  • and for those newly diagnosed—HBV: Testing Positive for Hepatitis B, Now What?


2. Filing for Disability: Privacy Concerns (plus an update on Obamacare changes), by Jacques Chambers, CLU.

If a person is applying for disability benefits, whether to an insurance company or to the Social Security Administration, it is probable that their medical records are going to need to be reviewed as part of the process. In this regard, claimants are asked to sign an Authorization to Release Medical Information. Although this is one of those forms that is often signed without a thorough review, a careful reading of the form can be shocking when on sees how much information is required from many unexpected sources in addition to medical records from your doctors.

 

3. Hepatitis C Support Group Lessons for support group members and people who are interested in learning more about hepatitis C and advocating for their healthcare.

  • Lesson 7: Preparing for Better Discussions with Your Healthcare Provider and Understanding the Patient's Bill of Rights.

  • Lesson 8: Next Steps—To help people in your group understand that they have choices and how to have an informed talk with their healthcare provider.

 

4. HCV Advocate News & Pipeline Blog!
Be sure to check out the latest clinical trial postings (Updated March 11, 2014) at the HCV Advocate News & Pipeline Blog. Just click on the links to the Drug Companies below the banner to see which drugs are in trials right now, where the trials are, and how to register for one.

 

5. The HCV Advocate Daily:
Keep up to date on all the latest information from our Daily.

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6. Need Help?!
Call 877-HELP-4-HEP line (877-435-7443). The helpline is open from 9:00am to 7:00pm Eastern Time.

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Alan Franciscus
Executive Director, Hepatitis C Support Project
Editor-in-Chief, HCV Advocate www.hcvadvocate.org
Editor-in-Chief, HBV Advocate www.hbvadvocate.org

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