November 16, 2016
When Greenwald first set out to survey Medicaid restrictions in 2014, he ran into a fundamental problem. Seventeen states did not make their criteria public, meaning that Greenwald and other advocates had little way of knowing which policies were in place except by word of mouth from patients. By 2016, only seven states did not have publicly available policies, Greenwald explained during his presentation. The numbers have improved: 73% of states had available information in 2014, compared with 82% in 2016. Despite the progress, Greenwald and Clary called on all state Medicaid directors to immediately release hepatitis C treatment access criteria.
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