Vermont struggles to pay for expensive hepatitis C medications.
An advisory board says the state should make it easier for Vermont’s Medicaid patients to get access to expensive prescription drugs that treat hepatitis C.
The Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board, an advisory panel, voted Dec. 6 to lift certain restrictions that make it harder or impossible for some Medicaid patients with the disease to get specialty drugs.
The Department of Vermont Health Access, which administers Medicaid, will need to decide whether to accept the board’s changes. The department has historically set strict restrictions on the drugs because of their high cost.
Steven Costantino, the commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access, said in February the cost of the drugs is “a critical concern” to the state from a financial perspective and “kind of an ethical dilemma” for people running state Medicaid programs.
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