Expanded Hepatitis C Treatment Availability

Alabama Medicaid has withdrawn all earlier requirements that people seeking treatment for Hepatitis C (HCV) do not use drugs or alcohol for six months prior to treatment for, and during their treatment for, HCV. People on Medicaid will no longer be required to have a test for either drug or alcohol use before receiving treatment for HCV. HCV can be a life-threatening condition, but it is highly curable for most people when they are given access to medications called direct-acting antiviral agents (DAA). People with HCV are encouraged to talk to their doctors or medical providers about whether DAA treatment is right for them. If it is, otherwise eligible Medicaid recipients can have this treatment paid for by Alabama Medicaid regardless of drug or alcohol use.