Portman’s Retirement in 2023 Will Deprive 340B Entities of a Key GOP Ally
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced yesterday he will not run for reelection in 2022. His retirement will deprive 340B covered entities of a reliable Senate Republican ally come 2023. Although Portman is not on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee with primary jurisdiction over 340B, he is on the Finance Committee with jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid. Portman has been one of the most active members of the Senate when it comes to the 340B program and has worked closely with a group of colleagues including minority whip John Thune (R-S.D.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) on legislation and other efforts that are considered 340B provider friendly.