S.2538 - Viral Hepatitis Testing Act of 2014113th Congress (2013-2014)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Kirk, Mark Steven [R-IL] (Introduced 06/26/2014)|
|Committees:||Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions|
|Latest Action:||06/26/2014 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.2538 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (06/26/2014)
Viral Hepatitis Testing Act of 2014 - Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to carry out surveillance, education, and testing programs with respect to hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) virus infections.
Requires the Secretary to establish a national system with respect to HBV and HCV to: (1) determine the prevalence of such infections; (2) carry out testing programs to increase the number of individuals who are aware of their infection; (3) disseminate public information and education programs for the detection and control of such infections; (4) improve the training of health professionals in the detection, control, and treatment of such infections; and (5) provide referrals for counseling and medical treatment and ensure the provision of follow-up services. Directs the Secretary to determine the populations that are considered at high risk.
Directs the Secretary to establish and support public-private partnerships that facilitate such HBV and HCV surveillance, education, screening, testing, and linkage to care programs.
Requires the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to convene the Preventive Services Task Force every three years to review its recommendation for HBV and HCV screening.