New treatments, new complications for those with hepatitis C

Shfwire: January 15, 2014

WASHINGTON – Treatments that cure hepatitis C are finally available, but for millions of Americans who have the disease the treatment may be out of reach. The National Minority Quality Forum wants to change that.<--break->

“I was tested, sought treatment and am very fortunate to have beaten this disease. I’m living proof that testing saves lives,” Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said.

Johnson was diagnosed with hepatitis C in February 1998 and was cured in July 2012 after undergoing four stages of treatment. His health insurance provided by the job he then held, commissioner and judge of DeKalb County, Ga., covered the first two treatments. The last two were covered by the insurance he got after he was elected to Congress in 2007.

He spoke at a briefing Tuesday to address the need for increased awareness about hepatitis C treatments for health-care providers and policymakers. Read more