What is one level of detectable HCV RNA ?

My insurance company has told me that they need documentation of at least one detectable HCV RNA level. What do those numbers look like for one level? Thanks.


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  • Rick Nash moderator
    1 month ago

    Howdy @Dealing

    Detectable HCV RNA level is typically referred to as Viral Load.
    This can be measured with PCR or an HCV Quant RNA/QRNA

    Mine has varied from 230 to 120 million.
    This is a rough scale:
    Sustained Viral Response(cured) measures at <40 for 12/24 weeks post treatment.
    The typical low range is below 1 million.
    Middle between 1 and 5 million
    High at 5-25 million
    and very high at 25+ million.

    I hope this helps!

    -Rick Nash (6 time treatment dragon slayer and transplant recipient)

  • Dealing author
    4 weeks ago

    Thank you

  • Rick Nash moderator
    4 weeks ago

    @Dealing,

    Anytime! Is that your second denial for the same treatment? If I recall correctly there should be one more level of appeals until it goes to Maximus. Should you continue the appeals process at this point it may be wise to consider legal counsel.
    Insurance companies may be more inclined to approve a different medication as price and efficacy are two large factors which determine their approving treatment.

    -Rick Nash (6 time treatment dragon slayer and transplant recipient)

  • Dealing author
    4 weeks ago

    Insurance has once again shown their true colors and care of their customers. They once again denied me coverage just yesterday for the drug my doctor prescribed, Harvoni.

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