National Hepatitis B Act Reaches Congress!
The first-ever hepatitis B legislation H.R. 4550, the National Hepatitis B Act was introduced in the House by U.S. Representatives Mike Honda (D-CA) and Charles Dent (R-PA) on December 15, 2005 in an historic bi-partisan effort.
Additionally, the National Hepatitis B Act (Senate Bill, S.3558) was introduced into the Senate on June 30, 2006 by U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) and U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA).
These new bills specifically call for the development of a national plan for hepatitis B, support for screening and immunization of high-risk populations in particular, and an increase in federal research to improve hepatitis B prevention and treatment options. You can read the Bill texts H.R. 4550 and S.3558, and contact your legislator today to support the National Hepatitis B Act!
The HBF has provided a sample letter you can send to your representative - simply copy and paste the text of the letter in an email, add your personal information, and send. Or print the letter and send it via postal mail.
Want to see if your Congressmen support this bill? Click on the links below to see the current Supporters of the "National Hepatitis B Act":