Insurers Probed on Hepatitis C Drug Coverage

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Insurers Probed on Hepatitis C Drug Coverage

New York’s attorney general is investigating state health-insurance companies for allegedly restricting coverage of drugs that can cure hepatitis C, saying that the firms have inappropriately rationed care by denying patients expensive but effective medication.

Some of the drugs have been the subject of consumer lawsuits, a continuing inquiry by the Massachusetts attorney general and a warning by federal officials that state Medicaid programs may be violating federal law by denying patients the medication. Pharmaceutical companies say the drugs are worth the cost because they result in long-term savings in care.

More via The Wall Street Journal 

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