Bill Text: CA ACR141 | 2009-2010 | Regular Session | Amended
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California Assembly Concurrent Resolution 141 (Prior Session Legislation)
Bill Title: Viral Hepatitis Awareness Day. [Track Bill]
Status: 2010-05-20 - Chaptered by Secretary of State - Res. Chapter 20, Statutes of 2010. [ACR141 Detail]
BILL NUMBER: ACR 141 AMENDED BILL TEXT AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY MARCH 16, 2010 INTRODUCED BY Assembly
Members Fletcher and BlakesleeMember Blakeslee ( Coauthor: Assembly Member Fletcher ) MARCH 3, 2010 Relative to Viral Hepatitis Awareness Day. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST ACR 141, as amended, FletcherBlakeslee. Viral Hepatitis Awareness Day. This measure would declareproclaim May 19, 2010, to beas Viral Hepatitis Awareness Day in California. Fiscal committee: no. WHEREAS, Liver cancer and liver disease related to hepatitis B and C are two of the leading killers in California; and WHEREAS, Hepatitis C is the most prevalent blood-borne disease in the United States and in California; and WHEREAS, Early detection of hepatitis B or C infection promotes effective management or treatment of these infections, preventing disability, loss of productivity and income, and allowing people to live full, satisfying, and productive lives; and WHEREAS, Undetected and untreated hepatitis B or C infection can lead to disability or death; and WHEREAS, The majority of the estimated 500,000 Californians with chronic hepatitis C infection do not know they are infected, and are therefore at high risk of severe liver disease, liver cancer, or liver failure; and WHEREAS, The majority of the estimated 125,000 California residents with hepatitis B infection do not know they are infected, and are therefore at high risk of severe liver disease, liver cancer, or liver failure; and WHEREAS, Untreated hepatitis B and C are the leading causes of liver failure requiring liver transplant; and WHEREAS, There is a vaccine for the prevention of hepatitis B, the first proven, low-cost vaccination against any form of cancer made available to Americans; and WHEREAS, The cost of hospitalizations for liver cancer and liver disease reached $2 billion in California in 2007, mostly paid for by tax-supported public health insurers; and WHEREAS, Hepatitis awareness education campaigns and accessible screening for hepatitis B and C, along with appropriate treatment, can reduce the damage from hepatitis B and C viral infection to individuals and to our community, financially, as well as physically and emotionally; now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That May 19, 2010, is hereby proclaimed by the Legislaturethe Legislature of the State of California hereby proclaims May 15, 2010, as Viral Hepatitis Awareness Day; and be it further Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.