ALBANY, N.Y. - Baby boomers will now have better protection from Hepatitis C thanks to a new bill signed into law on Wednesday by Governor Cuomo.
The new law will require hospitals and health service providers to offer testing for Hepatitis C for all patients born between 1945 and 1965.
Hepatitis C is a potentially fatal disease that mostly affects the baby boomer generation throughout the country. The NYS Department of Health show that about 150,000 New Yorkers do not know about their Hepatitis C status.
The blood-borne disease has often been called "the silent killer" because it can attack a person's liver for an extended period of time without showing symptoms.
The new law will go into effect on January 1, 2014. This will be around the time a new drug is expected to be released if the FDA approves it this week.