On June 16, 2014, Governor D. Malloy signed into law Public Act No. 14-203 which was passed through both the Connecticut Senate and House of Representatives which seeks to increase the number of patients who are tested for Hepatitis C, consistent with the announced goal of the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The law will require licensed primary care physicians, advanced practice registered nurses, and physician assistants to offer to provide or order a Hepatitis C screening or diagnostic test for patients born between 1945 and 1965 when providing services to these patients. The requirement will not apply when a patient (1) is being treated for a life-threatening emergency, (2) has been offered previously or has received a Hepatitis C screening test, or (3) lacks capacity to consent to a Hepatitis C screening test. “Primary care” is defined in this new law to include family medicine, general pediatrics, primary care internal medicine, primary care obstetrics, or primary care gynecology, without regard to board certification.
The new Connecticut state law signed in June- Hepatitis C Testing...