Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis
In April 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the updated Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (2014-2016).
Building on the success of the nation’s first comprehensive cross-agency action plan, released in 2011, Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Justice (DOJ), and Veterans Affairs (VA) released a 3-year update of the plan in April 2014.
The updated Viral Hepatitis Action Plan builds on the foundation of and momentum generated by the original action plan and seeks to harness:
- New recommendations for health care providers regarding screening for hepatitis C;
- Promising new developments in treatments for hepatitis C;
- Mounting public awareness of and concern about hepatitis B and hepatitis C; and
- The expansion of access to viral hepatitis prevention, diagnosis, care, and treatment offered by the Affordable Care Act.