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Pa. to pay for Hepatitis C drugs for those who also have HIV

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Jan 29, 2016 2:15 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A special state program will pay for prescription drugs for some people who have been diagnosed with both hepatitis C and H-I-V.

The pilot will run for six months and cost about $13 million.

It will offer Hepatitis C treatment to people in the middle class who can't get help through insurance or other options.

The state already provides similar help to people who have been diagnosed with H-I-V.

Prescription drugs like Sovaldi can cure Hepatitis C, but a full course of treatment costs about 84-thousand dollars.

Pennsylvania's pilot program will be funded after the state discovered private insurance or other government programs should have paid for some drugs in the past.

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