Hepatitis Foundation International Legislative Agenda
The Hepatitis Foundation International’s (HFI) annual Legislative Agenda lists objectives for legislative action at the national level on issues that affect patients, individuals, families, caregivers and health care providers who are engaged in the testing, diagnosis, research, treatment, financial assistance, and care of patients with hepatitis and all forms of liver disease.
This document is issued bi-annually and focuses on issues/actions the U.S. Congress has recently taken, or will likely take action on in the coming year. HFI is active in advocating for policy and legislation through our national office as well as through collaboration and partnership with stakeholders that have similar missions and focus on improving health outcomes. The following list of priorities includes the most important issues which HFI will focus on during 2016.
The HFI is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization established in 1994 working to eradicate chronic hepatitis for 550 million people globally. HFI is dedicated to increasing and promoting health and wellness, as well as, reducing the incidence of preventable liver-related chronic diseases and lifestyles that negatively impact the liver. Some of these diseases and issues addressed include; obesity, diabetes, hepatitis, harm reduction, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular disease and fatty/liver cancer. The Hepatitis Foundation International implements its mission through our touchstones to educate, prevent, serve, support and reach over 5 million patients and health care professionals annually through our public and private partnerships.
Emergent increases combined with the adverse health impact of viral hepatitis remain significant and urgent public health challenges of our day. Viral hepatides account for significant morbidities and mortality and leave devastating fiscal and emotional costs for individuals, families, and communities in its wake.
HFI is committed to advocacy, education, testing, treatment and research needed to assist and support individuals, patients, families and communities affected by life-altering and sometimes life-threatening liver conditions. The Foundation works to advance health care providers and our constituents’ scientific understanding of these conditions to improve diagnostic tools and available treatment options.
HFI engages policymakers and other stakeholders to educate them about the challenges these conditions pose in order to provide them the necessary services and information to make informed decisions that improve health and wellness for their community. The Foundation is committed to continue this work until all affected individuals have convenient access to quality and affordable healthcare and therapies.
The Hepatitis Foundation International is staunchly opposed to sweeping budget cuts, as implemented through the Budget Control Act of 2011, sequestration, or other forms which have severely limited services to patients and stripped funding for needed education, testing, access to care and research initiatives.
We support a balanced and sensible approach to this country’s fiscal issues which equitably share deficit reduction and does not dismantle or damage vital health related services, programs and/or research.
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