NVHR: Hepatitis C: State of Medicaid Access report and state report cards

The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI) and the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) launched the Hepatitis C: State of Medicaid Access report and state report cards at The Liver Meeting. The report details hepatitis C treatment access restrictions in Medicaid programs in all states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, including traditional fee-for-service as well as managed care. The report focuses on three of the most significant restrictions on treatment: liver damage, sobriety, and prescriber limitations. It is the most comprehensive listing of these restrictions to date.

NVHR is also releasing a report card for each state Medicaid program (including Washington, DC and Puerto Rico). These cards will provide a grade for each state based on their restrictions and will include recommendations for improving access to hepatitis C treatment. These materials will be available for download on a website, www.stateofhepc.org, that will go live when the project is launched. The website also has a petition for advocates to sign calling for open access and will have media articles, resources, and other materials.

The launch is at the end of the CDC session Placing the Nation on the Path Toward Elimination of Hepatitis B and C - The Role of Federal Agencies. That session is 12:30- 2:30 pm in Room 146 and will launch when the session closes. NVHR encourages everyone who is attending The Liver Meeting to attend the CDC session and our launch. There will be reports and supporting materials available.

On Wednesday, October 25th, 9:00 – 10:30 am ET, the Washington Post will host its first Health 202 Live event. This event will bring together elected officials, members of the business community and experts who are shaping the policy, regulation, and practice of health care for a live news program examining the issues, questions, and stories dominating the health-care debate in Washington. Speakers will discuss the current status of health care reform efforts, the future of Medicare and Medicaid and the state of the insurance marketplace.

NVHR and CHLPI are cosponsors of this event. NVHR will also be part of the program, presenting highlights from the Hepatitis C: The State of Medicaid Access report. Our panel will be moderated by Dr. Robert Zavoski, Medical Director of the Connecticut Department of Social Services. Speakers on other panels include Governor Matt Bevin (KY), Senator Bill Cassidy (LA), Senator Chris Murphy (CT), among others.

For those in the Washington DC area, you are encouraged to attend the event in person. The event will also be available through live stream. You can learn more about the event and register to attend or to receive a live stream notification by going to the Health 202 Live page.

Finally, CHLPI and NVHR are hosting a webinar on November 9, 2017, 3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern. During this webinar, NVHR will present highlights from the report and report cards and discuss how advocates can use these materials to urge state Medicaids to end restrictions to treatment access. You can register for the webinar here.

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