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August 12, 2019

Hep C Class Action Lawsuit in Missouri Goes to Court

WHEN: 9 AM Tuesday August 13, 2019

WHERE: Christopher S. Bond Court House

80 Lafayette Street – Room 4A

Jefferson City, Missouri

WHAT: Federal class action lawsuit against the MO Department of Corrections, and its private healthcare provider, Corizon, targeting the systematic denial of potentially life-saving medication to incarcerated individuals with chronic Hepatitis C. This deliberately defies the medical  standard for treatment, which cures at least 90 percent of cases.

At least 10 to 15 percent of the population under the supervision, care, and custody of the Missouri Department of Corrections is infected with hepatitis C. In January 2015, the Missouri Department of Corrections reported that it was treating 0.11 percent of Hepatitis C-positive inmates under its supervision, or 5 out of 4,736 inmates.

The preliminary injunction hearing begins 8/13 and plaintiff’s testimony is expected to run through 8/14.

WHO: MacArthur Justice Center of Missouri and the ACLU of Missouri represent plaintiffs

Expert witnesses and impacted class members will present testimony