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Congress should act on overwhelming support for changes to vital drug discount program

Over the last year, the pandemic has upended our normal lives, exacerbated health inequities, and tested the resiliency of our communities as we deal with the public health crisis and subsequent economic fallout. We have also seen a strong reliance on safety-net programs to stem the hardship faced by many Americans, making it all the more important for programs like the 340B Drug Pricing Program to work as intended: to serve as a vital safety-net for low-income, vulnerable, and uninsured patients to access the medicines they need. But a new poll found the majority of voters (70%) worry 340B is not working to benefit needy patients and that it is in dire need of reform.
May 11, 2021
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“340B Drug Discount Program Should Be on GAO’s High-Risk List”

When a new Congress begins, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) releases its updated “High-Risk List” of programs and operations that are ‘high risk’ due to their vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement, or that need transformation. The 2021 version has 36 risk areas, including Department of Defense (DOD) Weapons Systems Acquisition, Medicare and Medicaid, and the National Flood Insurance Program.
April 2, 2021
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New Poll: 86% of Voters Agree 340B Needs to Work Better for Patients

“The findings from this new poll are a stark reminder of the work we must do to save the 340B program – most importantly, to support the vulnerable and low-income communities that rely on it to help them access their medications. Through greater transparency, accountability, and oversight of the program, we can get 340B back on track so it fully benefits patients,” said former Illinois Congressman and AIR340B Spokesman Bob Dold.
March 30, 2021
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“Congress Must Ensure Patients, Not Corporations, Benefit from 340B Drug Program”

With the expansion of coverage of healthcare in 2010 through the Affordable Care Act, much changed in our efforts to insure the uninsured.
January 25, 2021
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“It’s time to reevaluate 340B intermediary relationships and ask who they serve”

Citing compliance concerns, specifically duplicate discounts, several drug manufacturers took steps to reduce contract pharmacy access to 340B-priced drugs. The move has caused an outcry from covered entities, many of which depend on contract pharmacies to expand patient access, particularly in rural areas.
December 7, 2020
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“To Keep Drug Costs Down and Fairness Up, Stop the Abuses of 340B”

Alas, hospitals and pharmacies are abusing a federal program meant to help low-income patients. New research from consulting firm Berkeley Research Group reports that these bad actors are lining their own pockets with discounts on prescription drugs at the expense of millions of disadvantaged American patients.
November 17, 2020
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“340B Program Should Be Kept & Corrected”

With the election behind us, I’m glad that our elected leaders can stop focusing on getting elected and start focusing on policy that effects the lives of everyday Americans. Earlier this year, Congressman Tom O’Halleran, along with several of his colleagues, sent a letter to Secretary Azar of Health and Human Services regarding the 340b program.
November 17, 2020
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“Discount drug plan needs congressional reform”

In the 340B program, drug manufacturers provide medications at steep discounts, with the intent of those discounts being passed along to the patient. But a clear lack of transparency has resulted in 340B hospitals and contract chain pharmacies like our local CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart to use funds for their own benefit.
November 4, 2020
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