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Hepatitis B is an illness that greatly affects many groups, particularly in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations. It is important that advocates, including community organizations, academic institutions, health professionals, and individuals, know about current issues in hepatitis B policy. Current policy and advocacy issues on hepatitis B will be listed here, including Hep B United’s responses, and ways in which you can add your voice to the discussion. If you have any questions, please email us at connect@hepbunited.org.

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 Hepatitis B Advocacy Fact Sheets

Hepatitis B and the Opioid Epidemic (April 2018)

The Hepatitis B Cure Campaign Overview (July 2017)

Key Concerns About ACA Repeal and its Impact on Hepatitis B

CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis: Greater Focus on Hepatitis B Needed (July 2017)

Finding a Cure for Hepatitis B: More NIH Research is Needed (July 2017)

Finding a Cure and Better Treatments for Liver Cancer: Focused Liver Cancer Research at NCI is Needed (July 2017)

Hepatitis B Vaccine and Section 317 Immunization Program (July 2016)

Hep B United’s Analysis of the HHS VHAP

Hep B United released their second blueprint report entitled Opportunities for Federal-Community Collaboration to Reduce Disparities in Hepatitis B: 2014-2016, to coincide with HHS’s Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis: 2014-2016. This report highlights areas in which HBU coalitions and partners can work with HHS agencies to help combat the silent epidemic of hepatitis B.

View the report and HBU’s press release.

Please see the attached, signed letter on behalf of 48 Members of Congress to the House Labor HHS subcommittee requesting $62.8 million for the Division of Viral Hepatitis.

Click below to read HBU’s comments on the Office of Management and Budget’s review of current and proposed updates to the Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Reporting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity
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Click below to read HBU’s comments on the Proposed 2018 Redesign of the National Health Interview Survey
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Click below to read HBU’s comments on the CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis Draft Proposed Framework for the 2016-2020 DVH Strategic Plan
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Click below to read comments on the CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention Draft Strategic Plan for 2015 – 2020
Comment Statement | Comment Letter

Click below to read HBU’s response to the Department of Health and Human Services Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Request for Information
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Click below to read the final letters on FY2015 Appropriations.
Senate | House of Representatives

Hep B United thanks Senator Hirono (HI) for her leadership and support in the introduction of S. 2538, the “Viral Hepatitis Testing Act of 2014.”
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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force gave hepatitis B screening in high risk populations a grade “B.”
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Please support tri-caucus health equity efforts by supporting the re-introduction of the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA). Title VII includes Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Control and Prevention Act, which is the comprehensive bill that the Viral Hepatitis Testing Act is derived from.
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HHS released their updated National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan in April 2014, describing how a number of HHS agencies can work together to advance programs in viral hepatitis.
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Hep B United analyzed the first HHS Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, as well as the Year 1 Progress Report on the Action Plan to find areas where gaps exist, as well as opportunities for collaboration. 
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its one-year progress report describing federal activities underway between May 2011 and April 2012
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 Pictures from HBU’s 2nd Annual Summit

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HBV Articles and Blogs

Increasing Hepatitis B Awareness and Testing Among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; Ronald Valdiserri

African Immigrants at Increased Risk for Hepatitis B; Susannah Amiteye

Hepatitis is Still the Silent Killer | Commentary; Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, Reps. Michael M. Honda, Hank Johnson, and Bill Cassidy

Breaking the Silence of Viral HepatitisRonald Valdiserri & Howard Koh (HBU is noted in this article found in the Annals of Internal Medicine!)

Cambodian Orphan Finds New Life in MinnesotaMatthew Stolle

View past articles and blogs