Commentary

Free hepatitis screening for ‘baby boomers’

What services are available in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? and how can you find information for the specific needs?

For starters, all Medicare patients should take advantage of the free diabetes screening test. Medicare pays 100% of the bill with no co-pays or claims on any secondary insurance policies.

Triad members born between 1945 and 1965 are eligible for a one-time blood test for hepatitis C virus (HCV). These “baby boomers” can view information from the Centers Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Why is this so important? A test reporting positive will result in early detection and early treatment.

In the United States, hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver transplants and primary liver cancer, which is the fastest-rising cause of cancer-related deaths. Those born from 1945 through 1965 currently account for more than 75% of adults infected with hepatitis C in the U.S. and are five times more likely to be infected than other adults.

Each year, more than 15,000 Americans, most of them baby boomers, die from hepatitis C-related illness, such as cirrhosis and liver cancer. Unfortunately, over the last decade, deaths have been increasing steadily.

Without expanded access to HCV testing, care, and treatment, mortality among those living with HCV infection will continue to rise into the next decade. New treatments are now available that can cure up to 75% of infections, and even more promising treatments are expected in the future.

Linking individuals to appropriate care and treatment would prevent the costly consequences of liver cancer and other chronic liver diseases and ultimately save more than 120,000 lives. For more information, visit http:// www.cdc.gov/KnowMoreHepatitis.

We have an obligation to our children to seek good health during our elder age. It is often said that parents are responsible for their children. Their children are not responsible for us. Without us they would not exists, however, as we age, we do find ourselves slipping from independence of care to dependent care which falls in the lap of our loved ones. It is irresponsible behavior for us not to take advantage of all opportunities to assure good health in the waning years.

October is Crime Prevention Month. Milam county businesses, civic organizations, churches, schools, and other program presenters should plan ahead and seek crime-prevention programs.

Chiefs of police in Cameron and Rockdale, Randy Dixon and Thomas Harris offer their services. Make appointments soon before they are booked up would be the suggestion from the Milam County TRIAD. Other county officials may provide a program, if you ask them. The Cameron and Rockdale Chambers of Commerce are active in supporting this important cause.

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