ACLU sues Colorado Medicaid


DENVER –The ACLU of Colorado is filing a federal class action lawsuit against Colorado’s Medicaid program in an effort to increase access to a live-saving drug to treat hepatitis C.

The American Civil Liberties Union suit filed Monday states that thousands of low-income Coloradans suffering from hepatitis C are being denied treatments that have more than a 90 percent cure rate, but cost about $40,000 per person.
“We’re sitting on it because of money,” said David Higginbothum, a Canon City plumber who believes he contracted hepatitis C while working in a hospital in college. “My doctor just flat out told me they’re not going to treat me.”

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