CHA News Article

CHA Members Lobby at State Capitol to Preserve 340B Program

Today, CHA joined a coalition — including California HealthPlus Advocates and the California HIV Alliance — in hosting a lobby action day to protect the 340B Drug Pricing Program. During the event, hospitals and safety-net providers that depend on the program met with key budget committee legislators and staff, as well as Assembly and Senate leadership, to share their opposition to the Department of Health Care Services’ budget proposal that would eliminate the program in Medi-Cal.

The event opened with a press conference (view slideshow) featuring Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and representatives from safety-net providers that would be negatively impacted by the program’s elimination. During the conference, Sen. Pan stated that the proposed elimination of the program would represent a major “step backward” for the state’s vulnerable populations.

 “The 340B Drug Discount program has been the source of important funds for hospitals and clinics to provide care for Californians on Medi-Cal. The state government needs to ensure these resources remain available for patient care,” said Pan.

Last week, the Senate Budget Subcommittee 3 on Health and Human Services rejected the administration’s proposal to eliminate the 340B program. The Assembly Budget Subcommittee 1 on Health and Human Services is expected to take action on the proposal tomorrow. CHA continues to advocate that the proposal be rejected. After today’s event, the coalition issued the attached press release.