Alabama Medicaid to end sobriety mandate on hepatitis treatment


The Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala (AP) – The U.S. Department of Justice said Monday that it has entered into a settlement agreement with Alabama’s Medicaid program to end a sobriety requirement for treatment of people with Hepatitis C.

Federal officials said Alabama agreed to end a “blanket sobriety restriction” that refused to pay for antiviral treatment if the Medicaid patient had used drugs or alcohol six months before or during treatment.

The Justice Department argued the sobriety policy was a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Alabama denied the accusation, according to the settlement. But the state agreed it was best to resolve the dispute.

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12/5/2022 12:18:13 PM (GMT -6:00)

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