About 340B and Why It Needs to Be Fixed

The 340B program was created by Congress in 1992 to help vulnerable or uninsured patients access prescription medicines at safety-net facilities. Manufacturers provide steep, mandatory discounts on medicines to certain types of clinics and hospitals as a condition of their drugs being covered by Medicaid. However, even as the number of Americans with insurance is on the rise, 340B is growing exponentially. While clinics that receive government grants largely use the program to improve access to medicines for needy patients, not all 340B hospitals are good stewards of the program.



History of 340B

The legislative and regulatory history of the evolution of the 340B program since its creation in 1992. For a printable version of this interactive timeline, click here. 

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