MDHHS announces initiative to eliminate hepatitis C in Michigan on World Hepatitis Day

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In recognition of World Hepatitis Day, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is launching the We Treat Hep C Initiative to take important steps towards eliminating hepatitis C in Michigan.

This initiative is designed to bring down the cost of hepatitis C medication for Medicaid and the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Organizations around the world, including the World Health Organization and Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, commemorate World Hepatitis Day on July 28 to raise
awareness about viral hepatitis. Viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as
hepatitis A, B, C, D and E – affects millions of people worldwide, causing both acute and
chronic liver disease, and can be fatal.

Over the past several years, MDHHS has covered the cost of hepatitis C medications for
thousands of Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) beneficiaries, and MDOC has
covered the cost of these medications for thousands of incarcerated individuals.

However, the high prices associated with these drugs have strained program budgets.

In the coming weeks MDHHS will announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for drug
manufacturers of DAAs to provide a significant discount to these programs. In return for this
discount, the product will be the preferred DAA for Medicaid and MDOC, with minimal prior
authorization requirements. The RFP will be posted on the State of Michigan Vendor Self
Service System, found at Michigan.gov/vsslogin.

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