House to consider bills that would define 340B-eligible patients

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The odds in Congress’ big-money fight over 340B drug discounts are shifting against hospitals with a soon-to-be-introduced package of bills that would limit the patients qualifying for the discount and expand reporting requirements for how hospitals use the dollars.

Rep. Chris Collins, New York Republican and ardent critic of the recent 340B expansion, spearheaded the legislation that is now getting split up into six or eight different bills all geared toward an overhaul of the 340B program, and supported by his party’s leadership on the key House committee of jurisdiction. “We’re going to move this very quickly,” Collins said Wednesday. “This is not going to stall out for six months or something.”