Congressman David McKinley (R-WV) is being recognized for his efforts to protect rural hospitals.
He recently received the America’s Essential Hospitals Congressional Leadership Award for his work to reverse a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule cutting $1.6 billion for drugs purchased under the 340B program.
McKinley introduced H.R. 4392 in November of 2017 which, if passed, would reverse those cuts to the 340B program.
“We’ve got to stop this kind of erosion and hurting our hospitals and providers. 340B, I have 187 co-sponsors of the legislation that will take care of it, but we’re focused in on this because we cannot allow our small hospitals to close,” said Rep. McKinley.
McKinley says the rule hurts rural hospitals because it cut the reimbursement rate for Medicare Part B drugs purchased by certain hospitals and eliminates funding those hospitals use to support the unreimbursed cost of care for those who need it most.