The Biden administration caught health center leaders off guard by not explicitly instructing HHS's new leadership to put a Trump administration 340B-related rule on ice. | Source: Shutterstock

Health Centers Scramble to Secure a Freeze on 340B Insulin Rule

Community health center leaders are concerned that the Biden administration yesterday asked, but did not order, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) to postpone tomorrow’s scheduled implementation of a controversial Trump administration final rule that will require health centers to provide insulin and injectable epinephrine to low-income patients at the price centers pay for those drugs under the 340B program.

The new administration yesterday sent a memo to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Secretary Norris Cochran and all other heads of federal executive departments and agencies about how to handle new or pending rules written by the Trump administration. It asks department and agency heads only to “consider” postponing for 60 days the effective date of rules that the last administration published in the Federal Register but that have not yet taken effect, and to “consider” opening a 30-day public comment period for such rules.

Community health center leaders are concerned that the Biden administration yesterday asked, but did not order, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) to postpone tomorrow’s scheduled implementation of a controversial Trump administration final rule that will require health centers to provide insulin and injectable epinephrine to low-income patients at the price centers pay for those drugs under the 340B program.

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