The Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF) is excited to announce its support for the recent release of an Alliance for Integrity and Reform of 340B (AIR 340B) hospital charity care analysis entitled “Unfulfilled Expectations: An Analysis of Charity Care provided by 340B Hospitals”.
Congress created the 340B program in 1992 to help uninsured, low-income patients gain better access to medical services. To achieve that goal, Congress created a program that requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to provide discounts on outpatient prescription drugs to entities that serve high numbers of uninsured, indigent patients. This program, as originated, provided discounts to outpatient facilities, such as hospitals, so they could better serve this population.
Unfortunately, the program does not typically require 340B hospitals to extend the savings from those discounts directly to the patients that are most in need of assistance. The analysis, compiled from publicly reported data analyzed by Avalere Health, examines how much charity care 340B hospitals are actually providing – and finds that the answer is alarmingly little. As a result, the paper questions whether the current statutory qualification criteria for hospitals is appropriately aligned with Congress’ goal of supporting vulnerable patient access to medical services.
The report finds, among other things, in approximately one-quarter of 340B hospitals, charity care represents 1% or less of the total cost of providing care to patients.
The Global Healthy Living Foundation believes that the findings of the AIR 340B analysis further emphasize the need for reform, transparency, accountability and oversight to ensure that the 340B program meets its original public health objective.
The Global Healthy Living Foundation is a non-profit advocacy organization, based in Upper Nyack, New York, with the mission to improve the quality of life for people with chronic illness. GHLF accomplishes its mission by advocating for improved access to care and by educating the community about the importance of diagnosis, early and innovative medical intervention, long-term lifestyle improvement, and therapeutic compliance.
BY: GHLF Staff
The Global Healthy Living Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to improve the quality of life for people living with chronic illness.