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The ongoing outrage over the cost of hepatitis C treatments is, once again, prompting consumers to fight back against insurers that deny them access to the medicines. In the latest instance, a pair of lawsuits was filed that accuse two large insurers in the state of Washington of rationing.

The lawsuits, which were filed late last month in state court and seek class action status, charge that Group Health Cooperative and BridgeSpan restricted access to the medicines except to the “most severely ill” people, but not for a “clinical purpose.” Instead, the consumers charge the insurers do so due to “financial concerns.” And they want the insurers to provide coverage.

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BridgeSpan requires “infected individuals wait for treatment — potentially for years — until they demonstrate serious scarring or cirrhosis of the liver from hepatitis C infection,” one lawsuit charges. Meanwhile, patients are “forced to live with … an increased risk of cancer or death.” The lawsuit pointed to criteria for the coverage decision made by Regence.

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  • I had Obamacare for my whole family for at least a year when I told the doctor I had hepetitus C. Not only could I not get the hep C medication, I went through a re hab that they did not pay for while I was making my monthly payments! Anthem Blue Cross screwed me!
    In the mean time (in stage 4 liver disease) I put my house up on the block to get Cen Cal that did get me the medication. Why would a person have to put their house on the block if they had insurance?
    Insurance companies are what run america, and we just let them keep doing it 🙁

  • I was told I had hepatitis C, and was so devastated. What I find out is, if there is treatment out there with 96 to 100 percent cure rate. I wasn’t talking about a temporary treat to the disease, but a permanent cure. It was very sure and guaranteed with natural treatment pulling for me, I was able to get the herbal medicines which I used to eliminate hepatitis c, wow! So, there is a medicine out there, yes! It’s natural herbal medicine from Dr galiga herbal clinic It work perfectly and 100% cure, I have a very concrete sure that herbal treatment is the best treatment for hepatitis c. I have been taking it for about 2 weeks now and looking perfectly grate. Don’t give up, to any and all of your fighting this horrible disease.

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