Building on the success of the nation’s first comprehensive cross-agency action plan, released in 2011, Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Justice (DOJ), and Veterans Affairs (VA) released a 3-year update of the plan in April 2014. The updated Viral Hepatitis Action Plan builds on the foundation of and momentum generated by the original action plan and seeks to harness:
– Mounting public awareness of and concern about hepatitis B and hepatitis C;
– The expansion of access to viral hepatitis prevention, diagnosis, care, and treatment offered by the Affordable Care Act.
– New recommendations for health care providers regarding screening for hepatitis C;
The updated Viral Hepatitis Action Plan details more than 150 actions to be undertaken between 2014 and 2016 by 14 federal agencies or offices from across four federal departments. Those actions are organized around six priority areas. The updated Viral Hepatitis Action Plan underscores that its national goals cannot be achieved through federal action alone. Envisioning active involvement of and innovation by a broad mix of nonfederal stakeholders from various sectors, both public and private, the plan provides a framework and focus around which all key stakeholders can engage to strengthen the nation’s response to viral hepatitis and seeks to leverage opportunities to improve the coordination of viral hepatitis activities across all sectors.