Congress’ attitude toward the 340B program will likely change in 2023 and 2024 because of November’s midterm election results, 340B Report Publisher and CEO Ted Slafsky predicts in his latest column for Omnicell.
It is customary for the party that controls the White House to lose seats in Congress during midterm elections, Slafsky observes. Today, the Senate is split evenly between the two parties. In the House, Democrats have 220 seats and the Republicans 211 (with four seats vacant). FiveThirtyEight, the polling site run by ABC News’ Nate Silver, gives Republicans an 86% chance of winning the House and a 53% chance of winning the Senate, Slafsky says.
If the GOP takes over the House, expect Republicans to “take another crack at placing additional restrictions on the 340B program,” as they did when the party controlled the House, Senate, and White House from 2017 through 2019, Slafsky says.
“As for the Senate, I would not expect nearly as much effort to place further restrictions on the 340B program as in the House, even if the GOP takes control,” he says.
You can read the whole column here.