A healthcare demonstration today, targeted the Terre Haute offices of Congressman Larry Bucshon.
Approximately two dozen people carried signs and shouted protest messages for about an hour. They say they’re concerned that proposed legislation will put restrictions on the 340B drug discount program.
The protestors say the program is vital for people fighting diseases like cancer and HIV. “The medication is very expensive. And with a $3000 medication not being able to be paid for, people are not going to be able to have the proper care,” said Staci Mullins, patient advocate.
Rep. Bucshon issued the following statement that the 340B PAUSE Act would not hurt this needed program.
“Based on multiple hearings and reports on the 340B drug discount program – including the House Energy and Commerce Committee final report – the 340B Preserving Access for the Underserved and Safety-net Entities Act, (340B PAUSE Act) temporarily pauses new enrollment of DSH hospitals in the program, allowing hospitals currently enrolled to remain in the program, while requiring data reporting and transparency of certain participating entities to ensure the program is focused on providing benefits for the population it was designed to benefit. The 340B PAUSE Act does not touch critical access hospitals, rural referral centers, sole community hospitals, or grantees – which includes Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grantees.”