340B Drug Program
340B supports health centers and their patients:
- The 340B drug pricing program allows providers who serve a large number of low-income and rural patients (like health centers) to purchase some drugs at a discounted price.
- Health centers directly pass along 340B discounts to their low-income and uninsured patients, via in-house and contract pharmacies.
- When providing medications to insured patients, health centers generate savings that are reinvested into patient care.
More than Medication:
Health centers rely on 340B program savings to expand access to comprehensive primary care and promote health equity:
Nationally, Black, Hispanic, and other People of Color experience more challenges compared to White people across most measures of social determinants of health, including food insecurity and access to adequate health care and transportation.
Health center patients with chronic conditions rely on 340B for affordable medication and comprehensive care:
- Health center patients have higher rates of chronic conditions, like diabetes and hypertension, than patients nationally.
- Nationally, communities of color experience disproportionately high rates of chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension