Get Medical Care
It is important that you see a doctor regularly to monitor your liver and to see if you are ready for treatment. If you have hepatitis B, this includes getting screened regularly for liver cancer. There are drug-based therapies available for both hepatitis B and hepatitis C, so talk with your healthcare provider to find out what is right for you.
If you do not have a primary care provider or do not have health insurance, you can access one of Hawai`i’s Community Health Centers. You can also check out our most recent list of hepatitis physicians in Hawai`i updated December 17, 2015.
Hawaii veterans can also seek non-VA healthcare for their hepatitis C treatment (and other conditions) under the Veterans Choice Card program! Veterans can just call 1-866-606-8198 to request to see a certain provider (no consult with PCP required). The VA will cover their medical care including medications (dispensed by the VA pharmacy). In addition, Hawaii is one of the few states that is exempt from the mileage and wait-time requirements listed on the website.
Not sure what to ask your provider about hep C? Use Caring Ambassador’s Hep C Discussion Point, an online survey and tool to determine what topics you can discuss with your medical provider about.
Stay informed! Get hepatitis updates and stories from Hep Mag.
While you don’t have to tell anyone until you are ready, it is important to tell someone who can support you and your health if you have hepatitis B, C, or other liver disease. For questions and support, you can all Help4Hep at 1-877-435-7443, or go to www.help4hep.org. You can even download their app!
You can also call the Hepatitis C CareLine at 1-800-532-5274, which offers live service to patients Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM ET and Friday from 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM ET. Download the flyer.
Join the Hepatitis Foundation International’s Hepatitis Patient Registry Network (HepPRN), which collects self-reported information for patient-centered research to help battle hepatitis!
Hep Free Hawai`i is seeking people who are living with hepatitis B or C who are willing to tell their story. Read one member’s story about losing a loved one to hepatitis B. If you or a loved one has hepatitis B or C and are willing to share your story, please contact us.
If you have hepatitis B or C and want access to drug-based therapies but cannot afford them, there are options to help get access to treatment.
For an exhaustive list, go to HepMag‘s blog post in January 2015, which includes some of the options below.
Healthwell Foundation – Assistance for patients living with chronic and life-altering illnesses in paying their share of prescription drug copayments, deductibles, and health insurance premiums.
Patient Access Network Foundation - a great resource to help with copays for a wide array of drugs for chronic diseases, including hepatitis B and C. Thanks to Winic Pierce at Hawaii Island HIV AIDS Foundation for the great recommendation!
My Support Path - a patient and financial assistance program for sofosbuvir (Sovaldi) and sofosbuvir/ledipisvir (Harvoni), both hepatitis C drugs from Gilead.
Proceed – a patient and financial assistance program for Viekira Pak, the hepatitis C treatment regimen from Abbvie. Includes access to free Nurse Connectors throughout treatment.
Other Patient Assistance Programs – to find out if you qualify for free or low-cost medications, go to the Fair Pricing Coaltion, RxAssist or Together Rx Access. You can also get a free Health Discount Card for prescription drugs from the Hepatitis Foundation International.
Clinical trials in Hawai`i – to find out if there are any current clinical trials of new hepatitis treatments that you may qualify for, click here.