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June 6, 2024

House Energy & Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee holds hearing on the 340B drug pricing program

On June 4, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee held a hearing on “Oversight of 340B Drug Pricing Program.” Lawmakers on the Subcommittee heard from a panel of witnesses representing a county-run safety-net hospital, community health centers, disproportionate share hospitals (DSH), and policy analysts. During the hearing, there was broad bipartisan support for the 340B program, as well as bipartisan agreement that legislative changes could improve the integrity of the program. Some of the most discussed policies included increasing transparency around 340B dollars, clarifying the definition of a 340B patient, giving patients the flexibility to choose where they receive discounted drugs, tightening covered entity eligibility, and increasing the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) ability to oversee the program.

During the hearing, Reps. Earl "Buddy" Carter (R-GA), Larry Buschon (R-IN), and Diana Harshbarger (R-TN) also asked witnesses about their recently introduced bill, the 340B Affording Care for Communities and Ensuring a Strong Safety-Net Act (340B ACCESS Act). While most of the witnesses spoke favorably about the bill serving as a good first step to improving the 340B program, one witness raised concerns about the reporting requirements for covered entities and said it could provide a distorted view of entities’ 340B programs and the benefits they provide.

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Hearing on the 340B drug pricing program

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