Affordable Drugs for Safety-net Providers
The 340B Drug Discount Program is a federal program created by Congress to help provide relief from escalating drug prices to safety-net hospitals and other healthcare providers serving vulnerable patient populations. It requires drug companies to offer discounts of up to 50 percent on many popular outpatient drugs. Safety-net hospitals are hospitals serving a large proportion of poor and underserved populations and can include academic medical centers, children’s hospitals, community hospitals and hospitals serving rural areas. The program makes a meaningful difference in the regions served by participating hospitals and helps ensure patients and communities have access to much-needed care and healthcare services.
Join Hospitals in Protecting the 340B Program
Hospitals nationwide are working together through the American Hospital Association Advocacy Alliance for the 340B Drug Program, and other coalitions such as 340B Health, to protect this vital program from significant cuts that will take effect in 2018. Both of these efforts organize advocacy days, action campaigns and other opportunities to engage with other hospitals to support 340B.
Share Your Story
One of the most effective ways to advocate in support of the 340B program is to tell federal legislators how the program positively impacts the hospital and the patients it serves. For examples and templates of stories, visit the American Hospital Association’s Protect 340B website.