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Liver Activists on Capitol Hill

On March 14, dozens of liver activists from across the country were on Capitol Hill in Washington DC to speak up for access to quality health care, increased funding for liver research and improved hepatitis testing, education and prevention.


On March 14, dozens of liver activists from across the country were on Capitol Hill in Washington DC to speak up for access to quality health care, increased funding for liver research and improved hepatitis testing, education and prevention.

The American Liver Foundation will field one of the largest number of volunteers and staff in its history to speak to key legislators on issues at the heart of improving life for those affected by liver disease and to increase better liver health and wellness for everyone. They will be joined by members of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD) and several other liver and hepatitis advocacy groups.

The advocates will speak to the important issue that liver disease is a looming public health problem. It is estimated that hepatitis C will affect over 3 million Americans and the majority of these will be in the baby boomer age group. The cost of treatment could be enormous and the advocates want to be sure everyone has equal access to the health care they need at the time they need it.

Research continues to be the bedrock of hope for all those facing liver conditions. The American Liver Foundation supports the President’s request of $30.7 billion for FY 2013 to assure progress in liver research. Liver cancer is the fastest growing of all cancers and its five-year survival rate is second worst at just 11 percent.

You can lend your voice to this important movement by contacting your Senators and Representative and ask them to support legislations surrounding liver disease issues.

Page updated: March 13th, 2012