United to Conquer Sickle Cell Disease

The Current State

Today, individuals with sickle cell disease are living longer, but the system of care needs to change to ensure a better quality of life.

As more people with SCD are living into adulthood, disease management needs to shift from acute care of complications to a chronic care model that focuses on prevention of crises, and intervention and relief for common complications. A coordinated health care delivery system for adults with SCD is a first step to improve health outcomes.

75% of adults with sickle cell disease fail to get the recommended treatment for their pain.

Health care costs an adult with sickle cell disease more than $30,000 per year on average.

The most promising drug for treatment, hydroxyurea, is not regularly prescribed.

Long-term goals:

  • Stabilize funding streams and sustainability of programs domestically.
  • Seek payment reform to support comprehensive management of pain and other long-term complications.
  • Support development and expansion of effective state strategies ("carve-outs") to enhance public insurance coverage and reimbursement.

Why it matters

Only one-third of children with SCD receive appropriate monitoring for stroke risk.
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