Advocates Gear Up for a Busy Fall with Important Issues in Play

Healthcare advocacy groups are gearing up for a busy autumn, once Congress returns to Washington, DC the week of Labor Day. Government spending is expected to be the focus of the fall, including funding for Community Health Centers, the National Health Service Corps, Teaching Health Centers, and other workforce programs that require reauthorization to be funded. Several hospital-related issues involving payment, mergers, and price transparency are also in play, as is the Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) reform and 340B. Several groups expect a general “health care package” to move later this fall.