H.R. 4550 (109th): National Hepatitis B Act

Dec 15, 2005 (109th Congress, 2005–2006)
Died (Referred to Committee)
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S. 3558 (same title)
Referred to Committee — Jun 22, 2006

Charles Dent
Representative for Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district
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Dec 15, 2005
17 pages
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S. 3558 (Related)
National Hepatitis B Act

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jun 22, 2006


This bill was introduced on December 15, 2005, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Dec 15, 2005
Referred to Committee Dec 15, 2005
Full Title

To amend the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish, promote, and support a comprehensive prevention, education, research, and medical management program that will lead to a marked reduction in liver cirrhosis and a reduction in the cases of, and improved survival of, liver cancer caused by chronic hepatitis B infection.


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29 cosponsors (22D, 7R) (show)

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National Hepatitis B Act - Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a plan for hepatitis B prevention, control, and medical management.
Requires the Secretary, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to: (1) support the integration of testing, counseling, immunization, and medical referral activities into existing clinical and public health programs at state, local, and tribal levels; and (2) provide hepatitis B coordinators to health departments in order to ensure the success of such integration.
Requires the Secretary, acting through the Director of CDC, the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, to implement programs to increase awareness and enhance knowledge and understanding of hepatitis B.
Requires the Secretary, acting through the Director of CDC, to: (1) support the establishment of a national hepatitis B surveillance program; and (2) report on population-based seroprevalence studies and hepatitis B's economic and clinical impact and its impact on quality of life.
Requires the Secretary, acting through the Directors of CDC, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to conduct research on hepatitis B.
Requires the Secretary to give priority in carrying out this Act to individuals with limited access to health education, testing, and health care services and groups that may be disproportionately affected by hepatitis B.

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