A bill introduced in the House by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) Wednesday would strengthen the 340B program to provide increased funding for anti-addiction efforts.
The Stretching Entity Resources for Vulnerable (SERV) Communities Act would extend program eligibility to safety net healthcare providers receiving grant funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It would also overturn a 2018 Medicare rule that cut Medicare Part B drug payments to 340B hospitals by 28.5 percent.
“Hospitals and clinics doing life-saving work rely on the 340B Program to help them provide inclusive and affordable care in their communities,” Matsui said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the program is being incorrectly used as a scapegoat for high drug prices by the Trump Administration. This legislation makes clear the importance of preserving the program so safety net providers can continue to serve low-income and vulnerable patients, while expanding it to help address the opioid crisis.”