Senator John Kerry (D–Mass.) introduced the Viral Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Control and Prevention Act of 2010 in the Senate, calling for a national strategy to help prevent and stop hepatitis B and C, according to a statement by the senator’s office. The act authorizes $600 million over five years for a national strategy to prevent, monitor and control hepatitis. It calls for education and awareness programs, expanded vaccination programs, risk counseling, increased support for medical evaluation, hepatitis coordinators and an epidemiological surveillance program.

To read Senator Kerry’s statement, visit