FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to:
Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
America’s Essential Hospitals
WASHINGTON — We are disappointed the district court gave the Department of Health and Human Services discretion in how to remediate the department’s unlawful payment cuts for 340B hospitals. These steep reductions have undermined essential hospitals and have come at the worst possible time, as providers struggle with the heavy financial pressures of COVID-19.
We urge HHS to honor the plain language of the ruling, which calls on the department to “act promptly” to repay the more than five years of funding lost to these cuts. Essential hospitals cannot afford additional delays in repayment, and we stand ready to work with HHS to resolve this matter quickly.
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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. We support our more than 300 members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education. Communities depend on essential hospitals to provide specialized, lifesaving services; train the health care workforce; advance public health and health equity; and coordinate care. Essential hospitals innovate and adapt to lead the way to more effective and efficient care. Learn more at essentialhospitals.org.