A new drug can cure Hepatitis C, but Indiana won't always pay for it under Medicaid

Sarah Jackson knows she has hepatitis C, a disease that if left untreated could leave her with lasting damage to her liver. She also knows a drug exists that could cure her condition before it progresses further.

But Jackson relies on the state for her health insurance, treatment with this drug can cost thousands of dollars, and Indiana, like most other states, refuses to pay for the drug for her or any other Medicaid recipient until they have entered a later stage of the disease.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana recently sued Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration on behalf of Jackson and others like her, asking the state to reverse its policy and provide at least some of these expensive drugs now.

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