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NVHR: Administration's 2011 Budget Proposal Shortchanges Five Million Americans Afflicted with Chronic Viral Hepatitis
Date:2/2/2010

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Just weeks after the Institute of Medicine (IOM) blasted the federal government for its failure to respond to the nation's viral hepatitis epidemic, the Administration has continued a pattern of neglect with its 2011 budget proposal.  In calling for an inadequate funding increase of $1.8 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division of Viral Hepatitis, the Administration has shortchanged five million Americans afflicted with chronic viral hepatitis and has failed to translate the IOM's recommendations into decisive action, the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) said today.

NVHR is a coalition of more than 150 public, private, and voluntary organizations dedicated to reducing the incidence of infection, morbidity, and mortality from chronic viral hepatitis that afflicts more than 5 million Americans. www.nvhr.org

"While the Administration's proposed $1.8 million increase for the Division of Viral Hepatitis is better than we have seen in years, its budget proposal ultimately shortchanges more than five million Americans afflicted with chronic viral hepatitis," said Ms. Lorren Sandt, Chair of the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) and Executive Director of Caring Ambassadors Program, based in Portland, OR.  "Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have mobilized to address the chronic viral hepatitis crisis and we need a commensurate response from the Administration.  We are hopeful that the bipartisan Honda-Dent legislation (HR 3974)
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