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Rollback of Trump-Era Insulin, Epinephrine Rule Clears Hurdle

June 8, 2021, 1:08 PM

A rescission of a Trump administration drug rule requiring community health centers to give all their insulin and epinephrine discounts to patients has cleared White House review and can be published at any time.

The proposal to retract the rule was approved by the Office of Management and Budget for Department of Health and Human Services to release in the Federal Register.

Centers that don’t pass on the savings wouldn’t qualify for federal grants under the rule. The HHS under President Joe Biden delayed the effective date of the rule (RIN 0906-AB25) until July 20 to give agency officials more opportunity to review the rule and ensure it wouldn’t impede the agency’s and health centers’ “immediate priority work” of responding to the pandemic.

Former HHS leaders argued the drug rule would benefit patients who struggle to pay for expensive insulin and allergy medication. However, the health centers said they already pass on those savings, and this rule was merely an administrative burden that paints them as entities that price-gouge patients.

It’s not clear how many facilities would have had to follow the rule or face funding restrictions.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jacquie Lee in Washington at jlee1@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Fawn Johnson at fjohnson@bloombergindustry.com; Brent Bierman at bbierman@bloomberglaw.com

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