SAN FRANCISCO — More patients will have access to a life-saving medicine after a decision was made recently by a large insurer.
According to Modern Healthcare, Blue Shield Life and Health and Blue Shield of California was facing a class-action suit in Northern California after it initially denied a costly Hepatitis C medicine to some patients. The lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge last week after Blue Shield decided to expand coverage on the drug Harvoni. Previously, the company only covered the medicine for the sickest patients.
Ryan Clary, executive director of The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable, told The Northern California Record he believes everyone who has Hepatitis C who wants to be cured and has insurance and a provider willing to treat them should have access to the medicine.