Conn. bill: Hepatitis C screening for baby boomers

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would require primary health care providers to offer baby boomers a screening test for Hepatitis C, a contagious liver disease.

The proposed legislation would affect patients born between 1945 and 1965.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called for such testing in 2012. The CDC says baby boomers accounted for 75 percent of the estimated 3.2 million Americans infected with Hepatitis C.

AARP of Connecticut is supporting the legislation, saying testing is crucial because many people infected with the disease show no symptoms.

Critics of the bill have suggested it's likely less expensive to first conduct a liver function test. Further screenings could be conducted if abnormalities are found.

The Public Health Committee will hold a hearing Friday on the bill.

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