Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced the launch of their new Cell and Gene Therapy Access Model, a demonstration aimed at improving access to cell and gene therapy products in the Medicaid program. CMMI chose sickle cell disease (SCD) as the first indication for the model. The intent of the model is to provide access to the two recently approved gene therapy products for SCD for individuals insured by Medicaid. Participation by state Medicaid programs will be optional.

SCDAA is excited about the model and appreciated that CMMI engaged with our organization and the broader SCD community while developing the demonstration. SCDAA will be reviewing the information released today in detail, but we are hopeful that this effort will help ensure that individuals living with SCD on Medicaid who are interested in pursuing gene therapy are able to do so.

To read the full statement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, click here.