Brown's Budget Includes Funding for Costly Hepatitis C Treatment

Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) proposed fiscal year 2015-2016 budget allocates about $300 million for high-cost drugs, including expensive medication to treat hepatitis C, Capital Public Radio's "KXJZ News" reports (Bartolone, "KXJZ News," Capital Public Radio, 1/12).

Last week, Brown released his $113.3 billion FY 2015-2016 budget proposal.
According to the budget, Medi-Cal will account for two-thirds of overall health and human services spending in the coming fiscal year. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program.

Rena Fox, a physician at UC-San Francisco, applauded the budget proposal for including money to help make hepatitis C treatments available to patients. Fox said, "The cost of the drugs is now making them unattainable for the majority of patients" ("KXJZ News," Capital Public Radio, 1/12).


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