Colorado Department of Corrections must pay for Hepatitis C treatment for prisoners 

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The state Department of Corrections must pay for treatment for all 2,200 Colorado prisoners infected with chronic hepatitis C, under a settlement approved Sept. 12 with the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado. Colorado will be the first state required by a settlement to fund treatment of all of its prisoners with the disease, according to an ACLU statement. Prisoners will no longer be required to go through drug and alcohol programs before receiving treatment, and won't be refused treatment for disciplinary violations. Under the settlement, the DOC must spend $41 million over the next two years on treatment.


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