Federal judge blocks Trump rule cutting drug payments to hospitals

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(Worthy News) - A federal judge ruled Friday that the Trump administration must halt a policy shift that cut the money hospitals received under a program intended to provide cheaper drugs to uninsured patients.

Created in Congress in 1992, the 340B program has become more controversial amid claims from pharmaceutical companies and other opponents that some safety-net hospitals are abusing the deep discounts provided by drugmakers.

In 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a proposal to cut the payments hospitals receive by nearly 30 percent. The industry's top lobbying group and others sued to stop the rule, which went into effect this year and was expected to cost healthcare providers billions in lost revenue. [ Source: Washington Examiner (Read More...) ]

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