State Delays Changes to 340B Drug Discount Program

Local healthcare providers and non-profits are breathing a collective sigh of relief after the state agreed to delay plans to overhaul the federal 340B drug discount program, which requires drugmakers to give medication to certain providers at discounted rates. 

Advocates long warned that changes to the program would have wreaked havoc on vulnerable populations — including individuals living with HIV/AIDS as well as homeless folks. Organizations impacted by the program include community health non-profits, homeless shelter providers, and safety net hospitals, which offer services to individuals regardless of ability to pay.

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