Dozens of hospitals and clinics will close without the 340B drug discount program, and all safety-net hospitals will have to reduce services for vulnerable patients.
Rural hospitals and clinics will see the greatest impact, with patients in remote areas throughout the country having to travel greater distances to receive care.
In order to better understand the impacts of previous proposals to reduce 340B discounts like what was found in the mega-guidance in 2015, 340B Health conducted a study of its 1,200 member hospitals. The study revealed that almost 3/4 of the surveyed hospitals would be forced to cut staff without 340B savings. In fact, without 340B savings, 41% of the surveyed hospitals anticipate that they would have to close one or more clinics.