Hepatitis C Inspired Laws Create Needed Safeguards

August 10, 2014 2:00 AM

We’re pleased that two pieces of legislation aimed at preventing another hepatitis C outbreak were signed into law on Wednesday.

This is a good step forward in applying lessons learned from the 2012 hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital to make sure such a tragedy doesn’t occur again.

There was a time when we wondered whether it would be possible to get any laws passed in response to the outbreak. With so many different interests at the table, including hospitals, health care professionals and lobbyists, our fear was that there would only be a feel good measure law passed that had no teeth.

Fortunately, that’s not the case and credit goes to all parties involved in drafting the laws, including the bills’ main sponsors, state Rep. Tim Copeland, R-Stratham, and state Rep. Tom Sherman, D-Rye, for staying the course and working tirelessly to get these bills signed into law.

“For me, this has been one of my two major passions over the last two years, one being Medicaid expansion and the other being getting these two bills passed in relation to the Exeter Hospital situation,” Sherman, a doctor at Exeter Hospital situation,” Sherman, a doctor at Exeter Hospital, said last week. Read More

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