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Hepatitis C


Everyone living with hepatitis C deserves access to a cure.

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Hepatitis C


Everyone living with hepatitis C deserves access to a cure.

Hepatitis C is the most deadly blood-borne
disease in the U.S. — five times more infectious than HIV.

By 2007, HCV had superseded HIV as a cause of death in the United States, according to an article in The Annals of Internal Medicine that was supported with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Cases of hepatitis C are reaching epidemic levels across the country, with Baby Boomers facing the highest concentration of infection. And often, they are not even aware they are infected. 

Breakthrough treatments now offer hope to cure hepatitis C. But instead of celebrating the value of innovative cures and the lives they will save, our national discussion has centered on the cost of treatment.

As a result, many private and public health plans across the country mandate that before patients can receive access to a cure, they must fail on older, life-threatening treatments; reach end-stage, often- irreversible, liver disease; or face a complicated prior authorization process.  Many insurers automatically exclude anyone struggling with substance use, rather than offering substance abuse treatment or behavioral health support with the hepatitis cure.

Help us overcome the barriers that keep Americans from receiving life-saving treatments for hepatitis C.

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a Case for the Cure


a Case for the Cure


Curing hepatitis C as early as possible will save lives
and drive down long-term health care costs.

Treating hepatitis C with older, less effective medications—that often come with harsh side effects—can be very difficult to tolerate physically. If these older medicines fail—which they often do—then many patients will need more costly medical intervention as the disease progresses. Untreated hepatitis C-positive patients average more than five times the number of hospitalizations and more than three times the number of emergency room visits as patients without the virus.  Hepatitis C treatment restrictions are devastating for patients facing life-threatening liver disease, and represent a lost opportunity to rid our country of a tremendous  public health threat.
 
Meanwhile, hepatitis C is the leading indication for liver transplants. The disease accounts for 30 percent of these procedures, which cost approximately $577,000 in the first year alone. To keep their new livers healthy, transplant patients need a regimen of costly medications for the rest of their lives–at an average cost of $3,872 per month. This is why, without improved access to a cure, annual health care costs to treat the effects of hepatitis C are expected to rise from $30 billion to more than $80 billion in just more than 10 years.
 
But here’s the good news regarding costs: not only are breakthrough treatments now available, but a study published in the The Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that innovative treatments are cost-effective in 83 percent of new patients and 81 percent of previously treated patients. Now we need your help to ensure that patients who need treatment can access it.

 
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Our Stories


Our Stories


Hear from Americans who are living with hepatitis C
and fighting for access to a cure.

"I'm really trying to do the best that I possibly can to be cured but I just ran into this wall."
- Joe Lee

"I don't think most people
in the United States understand
how many people are affected
by Hepatitis C."

- Daniel Herman

"Health Care should
be affordable to everybody
and anyone who needs it. Especially, if it can save your life.
 

- Richard Bangham

 
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Take Action


Take Action


 

Help ensure access to hepatitis C treatment.

You can help the Cure Campaign communicate how access to hepatitis C treatment is a public health issue that affects millions of Americans. By sending a letter to your elected officials and state health insurance commissioners, sharing social media messages, or relaying your stories to others, you can help make a difference. Taking action today can save lives tomorrow.