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"The Shadow Epidemic"

Hepatitis C and the Law

By Linda S. Good

The hepatitis C virus infects approximately four million Americans. However, it has no sure cure and no vaccine, and the few available treatments are lengthy, costly, and often debilitating. The disease can have an impact on many legal issues—such as access to proper care and treatment, disability claims, employment discrimination, insurance benefits denials, and veterans' benefits—for low-income patients. Legal services advocates thus need to learn about the disease, its symptoms, and the debilitating effects of treatment.

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