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Louisiana health officials are adopting the country’s first subscription model for hep C cures.
The American territory also does not cover liver transplants for sick people.
A new report by the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable tracks the progress.
Thus far, no state prison systems have adopted the protocols that advocates are demanding.
The global health organization hopes to apply lessons learned from its work with HIV.
Hep C cures have been available for nearly five years, but many payers still won’t cough up the cash for their beneficiaries.
New recommendations in the Annals of Internal Medicine would increase access to treatment.
Devon Nicholson’s hep C diagnosis affected his pro wrestling career. But today, he is cured and back in the ring.
The settlement ensures all affected state prisoners will be treated for the disease.
The idea is being referred to as a “subscription-based” model.
This is big news in a federal lawsuit brought by three inmates against the state’s department of corrections.
The ambitious plan will allocate an initial $5 million to help ramp up treatment, remove barriers to care and increase harm reduction.
It is one of 12 states that still limits medications to only the sickest patients.
This is the latest in a long line of cases alleging state prison systems are unfairly warehousing treatment.
Health coalition warns the federal government: People with chronic or serious conditions face growing costs at the pharmacy.
The case alleged that the state’s Medicaid system was setting too many barriers for HCV-positive patients.
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