340B Reform May Return To Capitol Hill: Hearings Will Play To New HRSA Leadership
Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) plans to introduced a bill to reform the 340B drug discount program in the coming weeks, and says he has a commitment from the House Energy & Commerce Committee leadership to consider the bill in hearings over the summer; that in turn may help shape HRSA’s oversight of the program in the Trump Administration.
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There appears to be bipartisan interest in beefing up HRSA’s ability to oversee the 340B program – but the next step is likely to be more hearings and fact-finding, not immediate legislative changes.
HRSA Administrator George Sigounas made his public debut during the annual 340B coalition summer conference in Washington, DC. The setting was significant giving the prominence of the drug discount program on the Trump Administration agenda, but Sigounas didn’t offer much insight into the potential changes to come.
Energy and Commerce Committee leadership requests audit records and other documents from the Health Resources and Services Administration to evaluate the effectiveness of its oversight of the program.