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Departments of Justice and HHS letter urges state Medicaid leaders to cover Hepatitis C medications

Posted on January 25, 2024

  • The Justice Department and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)  wrote a letter to state Medicaid heads.
  • They want to make sure Medicaid programs follow the rules of the ADA and allow people who have both Hepatitis C (HCV) and substance use disorder (SUD) to get medications called direct-acting antivirals (DAAs).
  • More than two million adults in the U.S. have HCV, and DAA medications cure HCV more than 95% of the time.
  • The letter says that people with SUD should have the same chance to get these medicines to cure HCV as anyone else.
  • The Justice Department is serious about making sure everyone has equal access to healthcare.
  • The letter talks about an agreement with Alabama Medicaid, where they fixed a policy that stopped some people with HCV and SUD, who had recently used alcohol and/or illegal drugs, from getting DAAs.
  • Both the Justice Department and HHS are watching over Medicaid programs to make sure they follow the ADA.
  • The ADA says that people with disabilities, including SUD, should have the same chance as anyone else to participate in and get the benefits of Medicaid programs.

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