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Lawsuit Challenges Washington State’s Medicaid Policy Limiting Access To Costly Hepatitis C Drugs

And, in Connecticut, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is seeking to eliminate legislators' abilities to change Medicaid and other federal assistance programs.

The Seattle Times: Lawsuit Targets Medicaid Policy That Limits Spendy Hepatitis C Drugs
Two weeks after suing private insurers for improperly denying costly drugs to patients with hepatitis C infections, Seattle lawyers have expanded the fight to Washington state’s Medicaid provider. A class-action lawsuit filed this week on behalf of two Apple Health clients — and nearly 28,000 others with the liver-damaging disease — seeks to force the Health Care Authority (HCA) to change a policy that limits the spendy drugs to only the sickest patients. (Aleccia, 2/17)

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