New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently signed a new law that will require New York City health service providers to offer testing for the hepatitis C virus (HCV) for all baby boomers, according to a statement by the governor. The bill will follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will ensure that all individuals born between 1945 and 1965 will be offered a screening or diagnostic test whenever receiving care at a hospital, clinic or physicians office in the city. The state health department estimates that as many as 150,000 New Yorkers are unaware of their hep C status and that 1 in 30 baby boomers could have the virus.

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