On Thursday, May 23rd, the Congressional Viral Hepatitis Caucus, leaders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and partners in community will hold a hepatitis B and C education and testing event at the United States Capitol. It will take place in the foyer of the Rayburn Building from 10 am to 2 pm. Members of Congress, their staff, and the local community will receive free hepatitis B and C testing and information about viral hepatitis.
It is vital that we get Members of Congress and their staff to participate in this event. Despite the efforts of our champions in the Viral Hepatitis Caucus, Congress has failed to act in a meaningful way to fight an epidemic that needlessly kills over 15,000 people per year. All Members of Congress and their staff should take a few minutes to show their support and help increase awareness.
Please call your elected officials now and ask them to attend.
What you can do:
Call the offices of your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators. Ask to speak to the staff person who handles health care issues. Whether you speak to this person live or leave a message, tell him/her:
“My name is _____________ and I live in city/state. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and I strongly urge Senator/Representative______________ and his/her staff to participate in the Congressional Viral Hepatitis Testing Event on May 23rd, from 10 am to 2 pm, in the foyer of the Rayburn building. There will be free hepatitis B and C testing and information. Over 5 million Americans have hepatitis B or C and the majority don’t know it. Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer, one of the fastest growing cancers in the nation. Representative/Senator_____________ can show his/her support by appearing at this important event and ensuring that staff attends as well. I also urge him/her to join the Congressional Viral Hepatitis Caucus by contacting Congressman Hank Johnson or Congressman Charlie Dent’s office.”
You can reach your Representative and Senators through the Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121.
Thank you for taking the time to make a difference!
Director of Public Policy and Programs
National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable