Baker Receives ‘You Make A Difference Award’ for Dedication to Liver Health
3/6/2017
HARRISBURG – Members of the Community Liver Alliance organization today in Harrisburg presented Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), chairman of the House Health Committee, with its “You Make A Difference Award” for his work on a recent law that requires physicians to offer hepatitis C screening to patients born between 1945 and 1965.

The You Make A Difference Award honors individuals and/or organizations for their outstanding accomplishments in the support and education of the public about liver health, disease awareness and prevention.

Baker was selected to receive the award due to his authorship of Act 87 of 2016, which requires individuals born between 1945 and 1965, the baby boomer generation, to be offered hepatitis C testing when receiving health services as an inpatient in a hospital or when receiving primary care services in an outpatient department of a hospital, health care facility or physician’s office.

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hepatitis C is most prevalent in the baby boomer generation. Many individuals were infected because the nation’s blood supply was not screened for hepatitis C until 1992. In 2012, the CDC released guidelines recommending those born between 1945 and 1965 get tested for hepatitis C.

“I am honored to have been selected to receive this distinguished award,” said Baker. “As chairman of the House Health Committee, I am committed to increasing the quality of care Pennsylvania residents receive. I am hopeful this new law will make more people in the higher-risk category aware of available testing to detect if they have the disease and, if so, educate them on their treatment options.”

 

Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) was presented with the You Make A Difference Award by Suzanna Masartis, executive director of the Community Liver Alliance of Pennsylvania. Baker was selected to receive the award due to his authorship of Act 87 of 2016, which requires individuals born between 1945 and 1965 to be offered hepatitis C testing when receiving health services.

Representative Matthew Baker
68th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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717.772.9840
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