How do Community Health Centers Use the 340B Program?
|How does the 340B Program Benefit Health Centers?
The 340B Drug Pricing Program allows community health centers to purchase medications at a discounted rate. Under federal law, community health centers must invest every cent of savings from participation in the program back into patient care. This requirement aligns with the mission of community health centers, to provide primary care services to all patients regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay for care.
|What do community health centers do with 340B savings?
Community health centers rely on savings from the 340B program to provide affordable medications and expand access to primary care services for their patients. Health centers offer care to patients on a sliding fee scale based on patients' incomes. Savings from the 340B program allow health centers to offset the financial loss of providing discounted medications to low-income patients.
In addition to providing affordable medications, community health centers also use the savings to invest in staff and equipment and ensure health centers can sustain comprehensive services such as behavioral health care, substance use disorder treatment, dental services, OB/GYN care, and pediatrics.
|How do patients benefit from the 340B program?
Each health center chooses the best way to invest savings from the program into services for their communities and to meet the unique needs of their patient populations. The 340B programs allows patients to receive affordable, life-saving medications, and comprehensive services that support patients' health and well-being.