canada africa partner reservation Introduced the Rural 340B Access Act of 2024 in the U.S. House

Introduced the Rural 340B Access Act of 2024 in the U.S. House

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The bipartisan Rural 340B Access Act of 2024 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on April 29. The legislation, introduced by Representatives Jack Bergman (MI-01) and Debbie Dingell (MI-06), aims to improve the Rural Emergency (REH) designation and ensure continued emergency department operations in rural areas by the expansion of eligibility for 340B.

The Rural 340B Access Act addresses a previous congressional oversight during the designation process that excluded REHs from participating in the 340B drug discount program. This program is critical to providers nationwide, including 20 hospitals in Michigan’s District 1. As a result of the oversight, some facilities that could maintain their emergency rooms under the REH designation have chosen to close their hospital services entirely and transition to a rural health center to maintain 340B eligibility.

The National Rural Health Association, the American Hospital Association and the MHA support this legislation.

Members with questions should contact Lauren LaPine at the MHA.