Kids With Hepatitis C Get New Drugs And Coverage May Prove Easier Than For Adults

Kaiser Health News

By: Michelle Andrews

Children now have a better cure to treat hepatitis C, thanks to a newly approved drugs to treat opioid epidemics. This means that children will probably have a better chance in treatment than adults themselves, especially thanks to Medicaid guidelines available for children.

State Medicaid programs have leeway with adults to decide that a treatment isn’t medically necessary unless the person’s liver is damaged, said Kelly Whitener, an associate professor at Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families. “But for kids, the federal standard … is broader, so medical necessity could not be linked to severity of illness/liver disease,” she said.

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