On Oct. 9, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., called on stakeholders to submit ideas on how they can improve the 340B program. The statement further suggests that changes are needed and overdue. Comments are due by Oct. 30 to the leaders. It should be noted that both members of Congress are retiring this year and action on 340B is not expected prior to the election. CHA drafted comments in response to this request. The comments highlight that the program is working as intended and Congress should use their oversight powers to ensure that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) enforces the 340B statute and uses its existing authority to penalize manufacturers for not meeting 340B statutory obligations.
CHA contact: Amanda Major