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“The use of 340B discharge prescriptions has resulted in a significant amount of charity care, ranging from $175,000 to $200,000 annually over the last five years. This would not be possible without the savings from the 340B program.” – Albert Einstein Medical Center

Today, the 340B Matters coalition launched efforts in Pennsylvania to help educate the public, lawmakers, and healthcare providers about the negative impact the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) proposed “mega-guidance” restrictions could have on patients and communities across the state.  


The consequences of the proposed restrictions would adversely affect the ability of healthcare providers in Pennsylvania, especially those in rural areas, to care for their patients and cost taxpayers as a result.


The 340B Matters coalition urges Pennsylvania voters to contact their elected representatives and tell them what’s at stake:


Congressman Tim Murphy

Contact: https://murphy.house.gov/contact-me


Senator Bob Casey

Contact: https://www.casey.senate.gov/contact


Senator Pat Toomey

Contact: https://www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=offices


“We serve the majority of children with serious illnesses and complex chronic conditions and most children in need of major surgical services. The savings generated by the 340B program are critical to reaching more eligible patients and providing more comprehensive services.”
– The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
“The savings from the 340B program have allowed UPHS to reinvest in the health and wellbeing of our local community, to increase access to care and to provide free prescriptions to patients in need. The 340B program has supported our efforts to bring free or low cost clinics that provide healthcare to our underserved populations, mobile units for our patients who are unable to visit these clinics, and to partner with our local community organizations to offer health education, screenings, and services to these underserved populations.” – University of Pennsylvania Health System
“TUH is exactly the type of essential hospital the Congress intended to shield from escalating drug prices in 1992 when the 340B program was enacted. However, the new definition of ``patient`` proposed in the Guidance would eliminate all of our savings from the 340B program. This would have a devastating effect on TUH and on the communities it serves, erasing a razor-thin operating margin and threatening its ability to provide the many of the vital services now provided by Pennsylvania's largest safety net hospital.” – Temple University Health System
“The 340B program is pivotal to the sustainability of our organization as it allows us to fund services and be responsive to the changing needs of our local community. Some of the benefits that the 340B program has afforded are the funding of $4.5M in uncompensated care annually, retention of our OB program, and the ability to expand service offerings in 2016 to include much needed dental care for the community.”
– Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

***NOTE: The above information is derived from public comments filed on regulations.gov in response to HRSA’s proposed mega-guidance. Use here does not imply any affiliation with 340B Matters or endorsement by the entities themselves.


Entity Name

Mega-Guidance Impact


Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Provides $4.5 million in uncompensated care annually


Uniontown Hospital

Provided $13 million in charity care including bad debt and unreimbursed Medical Assistance in 2015-June 2016


Saint Vincent Health Center

Provided $1.4 million in uncompensated care in 2014, estimates additional cost of $840,000/yr to purchase drugs at Wholesale Acquisition Cost


Conemaugh Medical Center

At risk of losing $242,592 in annual revenue from MCO reimbursements uncompensated care in 2014


University of Pittsburg Medical Center

Provides almost $900 million a year in benefits to its communities


West Penn Hospital

Provided $3.2 million in FY 2015, waived $20,000 in 340B drug costs to discharge patients


Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Provides over $100 million/yr in charity care and uncompensated care;

340B savings helps offset over 25% of this cost


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