340B advocates raise program's visibility

April 1, 2019
304B Advocates

More than 80 advocates of the federal 340B drug pricing program, including about 30 CHA members, went to Capitol Hill on March 7 to stress how the program allows safety net and rural hospitals to serve more people and provide more comprehensive services by giving access to lower cost outpatient drugs. CHA collaborated in the event, which was sponsored by 340B Health, a coalition of health system and hospital members.


Trinity Health's contingent, shown above, included from left, Kelly Eder, the system's 340B Program management consultant; Stephanie Armstrong-Helton, system manager of communications and grassroots advocacy; and Michael Ryan, vice president of mission integration for Saint Agnes Medical Center. Also shown are Andrew Lowe, of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Cathy Kennerson, of El Centro Regional Medical Center, Jonathan Williams, of Oneida County Hospital and Kathryn Irwin, a staff assistant to Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

In the photo at left, Ron Grimes, chief of staff to Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, holds a 340B sign and stands with Tom Turner, vice president of government relations for Sisters of Charity Health System.


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