500 People in CT Prisons Cured of Hepatitis C after Lawsuit against the CT DOC Was Filed
Date:  01-14-2021

CT DOC required to test and treat incarcerated people for Hep-C and file a report to the court every three months until March of 2022.
From CT News Junkie:

Nearly 500 inmates have been cured of Hepatitis C since Robert Barfield and several other inmates filed a federal lawsuit against the commissioner of the state Department of Correction in July 2018, according to their attorney.

The state and the plaintiffs came to a settlement in the lawsuit in November that requires every inmate who enters the system until March 2022 to be tested and treated for the disease which can destroy liver tissue leading to death, court papers said.

It’s a poignant moment for attorney Kenneth Krayeske, who along with his partner DeVaughn Ward, pursued the lawsuit even as state officials sought a dismissal on the grounds that Barfield had started receiving direct acting antiviral medications to destroy the Hep-C virus.

“I’m humbled,” Krayeske said. “I have a hard time talking about it without getting choked up. It’s a humbling accomplishment. It’s a small step in the long walk for health care for all. Continue reading >>>