Abuse of 340B Program Impacts Patient Care -Oncology Nursing News

Jefferson Healthcare and many other rural hospitals, take advantage of a Federal program called 340B.

As the article states:

This little-known federal program was created to help uninsured or vulnerable patients get access valuable medications regardless of their abilities to pay. This was done by providing certain participating hospitals or safety net clinics with discounted medicines. The 340B program has become an extremely important program for patients in need in this era of unaffordable and unsustainable drug prices.

The article lays out the problems with the 340B program and how some hospitals are abusing it to help themselves remain profitable.

While the point of sharing this article is not to infer that Jefferson Healthcare is in any way one of the ‘bad actors’ in the 340B debate, this article gives the average person a very good quick overview of the controversy.  The battle over 340B is playing out in Congress, and it’s outcome will affect JHC. JHC does a great deal charity care, including use of 340B funds, and the program to offer charity care has been recently reformatted to allow people who do not have the means to afford to get needed care. (More on that can be found at the JHC website, JHC Charity Care overview )

I will be looking into the local ramifications of this issue in upcoming months, and should have a more comprehensive overview on them  later.

But for now. Here’s a good quote:

For too many hospitals, the 340B program has become a road to profits, not a safety net and not a way to expand charity care for uninsured, indigent patients. For too many patients, particularly those with cancer, the 340B program has not reduced their cost of care 1 cent.

Read the whole opinion piece here:

https://www.oncnursingnews.com/web-exclusives/abuse-of-340b-program-impacts-patient-care

 

 

 

70 House Democrats Launch “Medicare for All” Caucus – Democracy Now

If the Dems are ever going to win back the House, this is the way it has to be done. Offering working people real solutions for their problems, like healthcare.  How could we pay for it? Well, the President wants NATO members to increase their spending by 2% a year. What if we reversed that and reduced our spending in NATO by 2% a year to match theirs? Yep, that would pay for this proposal. How do you think that all the other first world countries pay for universal healthcare? They don’t spend 50% of their discretionary budget on military spending, like we do. One day in some distant future America, we may finally dramatically reduce the spending on this military/industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned us against. We could then use the monies on our citizens welfare, rather than fueling corporate profits at our tax payers expense.

Declaring that healthcare is a human right, at least 70 Democrats have signed on to a new “Medicare for All” House Caucus. Speaking on Capitol Hill Thursday, caucus co-chair Congressmember Pramila Jayapal of Washington state said the U.S. could provide universal healthcare by lowering the age of Medicare eligibility from 65 to zero.

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/7/20/headlines/70_house_democrats_launch_medicare_for_all_caucus