Medicare Covers Hepatitis C Testing For High Risk Populations

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The only way to know if you are infected with hepatitis C is to get tested and now testing is even easier for aging “baby boomers”. Medicare will cover hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing for adults born between 1945 and 1965, as well as other high risk adults, according to a statement released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on June 2.

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Seventy-five percent of adults with hepatitis C were born between 1945 and 1946 and the new testing coverage will include a single screening for adults born between these years. It is estimated that one-time testing of everyone born during these years  will prevent more than 120,000 deaths.

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