340B Insight Podcast
Episode Sixty-Nine: How One State Protected 340B
March 6, 2023
State policymakers have increased the attention they are paying to 340B. In this episode, we hear from 340B state advocacy expert Abby Reale. Abby is director of government and external affairs with Mountain Health Network in West Virginia. The state has been a leader in protecting 340B, and she shares how her health system worked with other hospitals and provider organizations to advocate for the first 340B non-discrimination law in the nation. Prior to the interview, we provide a news update about a drug company that is imposing the pharmaceutical industry’s most restrictive limits on 340B pricing. (Transcript)
- Why You Need to Pay Attention to State Health Policy Abby discusses the power states have to regulate health care.
- Advocating for a 340B Non-Discrimination Law Abby details the steps her hospital and other provider organizations took to help state legislators understand the need to stop payer and pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) payment discrimination against 340B providers. She also explains the work advocates sometimes need to do to ensure laws are enforced.
- Joining 340B State Advocacy Efforts Abby shares how 340B professionals can join advocacy efforts in their states and how advocacy differs between the state and federal levels.
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