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Congresswoman concerned over care disparities

5th District Congresswoman Jahana Hayes is concerned about care disparities for those suffering from Sickle Cell Disease, which is most commonly found among individuals of color.  She has written with those concerns to the acting Director of the Center for Medicaid & Children’s Health Insurance Program Services.  While federal law requires access to cutting-edge medical treatments designed to alleviate SCD, there is no such similar requirement for Medicaid or other in-state plans to cover those remedies.  A genetic blood disorder, SCD reduces the average lifespan by almost 30 years. According to the latest data, there are 100,000 Americans suffering with SCD, including 2,000 Connecticut residents.