Statement on 340B court decision from the AHA, AAMC and America’s Essential Hospitals
July 31, 2020
America’s 340B hospitals and the millions of patients they serve will suffer lasting consequences from today’s D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling allowing Medicare Part B cuts to stand. The decision conflicts with Congress’ clear intent and defers to the government’s inaccurate interpretation of the law, a point that was articulated by the judge who dissented from the opinion.
For more than 25 years, the 340B program has helped hospitals stretch scarce federal resources to reach more patients and provide more comprehensive services. Hospitals that rely on the savings from the 340B drug pricing program are also on the front-lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and today’s decision will result in the continued loss of resources at the worst possible time.
We will continue to fight for our hospitals and their patients, and we call on CMS to reverse this harmful policy to ensure hospitals can continue to provide the services people need the most.
Contact: Sean Barry, American Hospital Association, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stuart Heiser, Association of American Medical Colleges, email@example.com
Carl Graziano, America’s Essential Hospitals, firstname.lastname@example.org