Assembly Resolution No. 341

BY: M. of A. Zebrowski

        MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
        May  2019,  as  Hepatitis  C  Awareness Month in the
        State of New York

  WHEREAS, Hepatitis C is a known public health threat and can lead to
more serious health complications if gone untreated; and

  WHEREAS, Hepatitis C has been a disease that has little or no public
awareness due to its nature as being largely asymptomatic;  as  many  as
half of those infected with Hepatitis C are unaware of their status; and

  WHEREAS,  Currently,  Hepatitis  C  infects  between  three and five
million Americans, including an estimated 280,000 New Yorkers, and there
are about 34,000 new cases and over 20,000 Hepatitis  C  related  deaths
each year in the United States; and

  WHEREAS,  The  total health care related costs of Hepatitis C in the
United States as of  2011  is  approximately  $6.5  billion  and  it  is
expected to rise to over $9 billion in 2024; and

  WHEREAS,  Hepatitis  C  is  largely  not  reported and the public is
uninformed about the virus; and

  WHEREAS, Persons born between 1945 and 1965  are  disproportionately
affected  by  the  disease  with  an  estimated 1 out of 33 baby boomers
infected with Hepatitis C; and

  WHEREAS, New York State has become a leader in promoting testing and
awareness of the disease especially among at risk populations; and

  WHEREAS, New York State became the first State in the Nation to pass
a Hepatitis C testing law that mandates that all  persons  born  between
1945 and 1965 are offered a one-time test; and

  WHEREAS,  In the absence of a vaccine for Hepatitis C, emphasis must
be placed on other means of disease prevention, including  education  of
health  care  workers,  emergency  services  workers,  veterans  and the
general public; and

  WHEREAS, Hepatitis C has been  characterized  by  the  World  Health
Organization   as  a  disease  of  primary  concern  to  humanity;  now,
therefore, be it

  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2019, as Hepatitis
C Awareness Month in the State of New York, and to urge the citizens  of
this  great  Empire State to learn about the causes, symptoms, diagnoses
and treatments for Hepatitis C; and be it further

  RESOLVED, That a copy of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
transmitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of
New York.