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More Funding Allows VA to Treat All Veterans Who Have Hepatitis C

All U.S. military veterans  infected with the hepatitis C virus can now receive treatment, based on recent expanded federal funding.

Hepatitis C treatment will now be made available to all US military veterans who are infected with the virus as a result of recent expanded federal funding, according to a Department of Veterans Affairs announcement.

It is expected that many more veterans “will be started on hepatitis C treatment every week this fiscal year,” as a result of recent increased congressional funding, a VA release states.

The announcement that the VA can now fund care for all veterans with hepatitis arrives after a year of controversy surrounding high prices for hepatitis C drugs and criticism of the department over lag time of doctor appointments for veterans in need of medical care. The VA department estimates that it will spend $1 billion in fiscal year 2016 just on hepatitis C drugs.   “We’re honored to be able to expand treatment for Veterans who are afflicted with hepatitis C,” VA Under Secretary for Health Dr. David Shulkin said in a release. “To manage limited resources previously, we established treatment priority for the sickest patients.”

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