December 1, 2015
A Fort Wayne mom who has early-stage Hepatitis C is one of thousands of individuals across Indiana whose lives could possibly be saved through an ACLU of Indiana class-action lawsuit filed in November, 2015.
People who receive federal Medicaid benefits through the state should not be denied medically necessary treatment.
Our case against the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration challenges FSSA's policy of denying a life-saving drug to certain Medicaid recipients who have early-stage Hep C, which the lawsuit claims violates federal Medicaid law.
Hep C is a chronic disease that can lead to severe health problems, such as liver failure, cancer and even death. People in the early stages of the disease have the potential to be completely cured and their pain alleviated by a drug called Harvoni, yet the FSSA's policy provides the drug only to people in later stages of the disease. People who receive federal Medicaid benefits through the state should not be denied medically necessary treatment.