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His reason: The settlement granting inmates hepatitis C treatment also prevents them from suing the state for any reason.
This means that Tennessee can ration hepatitis C treatment among prisoners living with the life-threatening virus.
Some state Medicaid programs and prison systems still restrict treatment based on substance use or stage of liver disease.
Tight living spaces, lack of protective gear and preexisting health conditions may account for the higher death rate in prisons.
This includes New York inmates who are older, sick, pregnant or have serious respiratory conditions or compromised immune systems.
Incarcerated individuals have a very high rate of hep C infection, making their time in custody an ideal opportunity for treatment.
An outbreak has prompted a mass vaccination effort.
This is one of several lawsuits filed by advocates on behalf of inmates with the liver virus in U.S. prisons.
Thus far, no state prison systems have adopted the protocols that advocates are demanding.
The settlement ensures all affected state prisoners will be treated for the disease.
Most cite high prices as the reason for denying treatment.
The case claims prison officials are knowingly denying HCV-positive inmates medical care, which may violate the U.S. Constitution.
A new report finds most U.S. correctional facilities are inflicting serious harm on this vulnerable population.
A Tennessee federal court added six years to a woman’s prison sentence because she was pregnant while committing a crime.
Hint: Children with a parent behind bars are at a huge risk of mental health and behavioral issues.
Conjugal visits from female spouses and condom distribution could help reduce the spread of HIV through male homosexual sex
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