The Wisconsin Hospital Association along with several hospital leaders traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with members of the Wisconsin Delegation over key issues pending in Congress.
Among the issues discussed was the 340B program and legislation, HR 4392, to stop the impending 340B cut under the finalized 2018 Outpatient Prospective Payment System Rule. The new CMS policy will cut certain 340B-covered entity reimbursements by almost 30 percent beginning January 1, 2018.
Participants highlighted the important work being done through 340B program savings to provide pharmaceuticals and services, such as behavioral health and AODA services, to individuals across the state. WHA urged members of Congress to support continuing this great work by cosponsoring HR 4392.
“We encourage all of Wisconsin’s House members to cosponsor and advocate in favor of protecting the 340B program,” said Jenny Boese, WHA’s vice president of federal affairs and advocacy. Rep. Gwen Moore is an early cosponsor of HR 4392.
WHA also urged Congress to support the Senate position on retaining the tax exemption for private activity bonds, including qualified 501(c)(3) bonds. Finally, participants expressed growing concerns over the inaction of Congress to fund the CHIP program as well as Medicare extenders policies, such as the Medicare Dependent Hospital and Low Volume Adjustments, and Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers. The funding for these programs expired September 30 and must be renewed to continue.