Today kicks off Louisiana’s Department of Health (DOH) initiative to eliminate hepatitis C within the state’s Medicaid and Department of Corrections populations.
Louisiana officials announced in January that the state would become the first to move forward with a new way to pay for expensive hepatitis C treatments. Instead of paying for each prescription individually, Gov. John Bel Edwards said the state would essentially pay a subscription fee to a drug company – an alternative payment arrangement that has become known as the “Netflix model.”
The state now has unlimited access to the drug, similar to how people pay a monthly fee to stream unlimited television shows and movies.
The DOH will treat patient’s within the state’s Medicaid and Department of Corrections populations.
The goal is to treat 10,000 people by 2020, which is ¼ of the infected population in Louisiana, according to the DOH.
The model has garnered attention from national media outlets such as The Washington Post, Associated Press, NPR and numerous health-related publications.