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Could 2018 be a Big Year for Food Recovery Legislation?

Originally published by Waste360 on December 21, 2017. Written by Arlene Karidis. The new year could be monumental for H.R. 3444—The Food Recovery Act, its supporters hope, if efforts to tie some provisions to the 2018 discussions on the farm bill […]

Medicaid Leaves Many Hepatitis C Patients Behind

Originally published by Vice on December 21, 2017. Written by Sony Salzman. As a liver disease doctor in Chicago, Illinois, Nancy Reau treats patients with hepatitis C, a viral infection that kills more people in the United States than 60 other infectious […]

Colorado lifts Medicaid restrictions for treating hepatitis C

Originally published by STAT on December 4, 2017. Written by Ed Silverman. Amid ongoing criticism that some states continue to curb access to hepatitis C drugs, Colorado officials have lifted restrictions that determined when patients could receive treatment. Going forward, Medicaid beneficiaries will […]

The Hidden Health Crisis of the Opioid Epidemic

Originally published by Reuters on December 7, 2017. Written by Robert Greenwald, faculty director of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School and Ryan Clary, executive director of the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable. The American epidemic of opioid abuse […]

Colorado Lifts Restrictions for Treating Hepatitis C Patients; No Longer Need to Have Advanced Liver Damage to Receive Drugs

Originally published by the Denver Post on December 1, 2017. Written by Jennifer Brown. Colorado soon will begin treating needy hepatitis C patients with the latest antiviral drugs instead of waiting until they are sick enough to qualify. Friday’s decision […]

Senate Set to Resume Tax Bill Debate with Health Care Components Uncertain

Originally published on healio.com on December 1, 2017. Written by  Janel Miller. The Senate will debate and may vote on the Republican tax reform proposal today, with several critical health care components still undefined, possibly affecting millions of people and billions of […]

Colorado Medicaid Program Takes Vital Step to Ensure Access to Hepatitis C Treatments and Remove Unlawful Restrictions

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), in charge of administrating the state’s Medicaid program, has announced today that it will remove its disease stage restriction on Hepatitis C medications. This change means that thousands of Colorado Medicaid recipients infected […]

HIV/AIDS group: Insurance Companies Discriminating Against Georgians Living with HIV

Originally published by Georgia Voice on November 28, 2017. Written by Ryan Lee. Already set to charge higher health insurance premiums next year, most of the companies that provide plans via the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace in Georgia are […]

Our Turn: Maryanne Tomazic and Abbe Muller: R.I. fails to address Hepatitis epidemic

Op-ed published in the Providence Journal on November 24, 2017. Rhode Island blocks life-saving treatment for people living with Hepatitis C. The state Department of Human Services applies unnecessary restrictions on Medicaid patients suffering from this disease. These restrictions not […]

New Toolkit to Empower Local Food Advocates

Written by Eva Perroni for Food Tank, November 2017. The second edition of Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Local Food Policy to Work for Our Communities, a toolkit for advocates working at the local level, was released by the Harvard Law School […]