Ascension Wisconsin's hospitals that are eligible to participate in the 340B program helps, supports the ability to serve those who are uninsured and underinsured across the state. The 340B program and the benefits these hospitals can access through the program are critical to Ascension Wisconsin's ability to continue to serve not only as community hospitals but as safety net providers.
The Ascension Wisconsin 340B program benefits were $102.7 million to help Ascension Wisconsin hospitals provide more than $290.6 million in charity care during fiscal year 2021. During the same time period, the shortfall from Medicaid reimbursement exceeded $209 million. As of May 2021, Wisconsin's Medicaid program serves more than 1,012,450 individuals; nearly 50 percent of those enrollees are children.
Ascension Wisconsin hospitals are committed to providing access for the most vulnerable in its communities. The benefits from the 340B program support the ability to continue to serve the most vulnerable including those enrolled in Medicaid, and those who are uninsured and underinsured. Below are just a few examples of how the 340B program benefits communities across Wisconsin.
Programs enhanced by 340B benefits:
- Medication affordability program: provides needed medications to uninsured and impoverished patients with both free and reduced-cost medications.
- Charitable pharmacies: operates 10 MedHope locations serving uninsured populations with free medication across the state, including a charitable mail order pharmacy.
- Healthy lifestyle: community-based programming for children and adults focused on obesity and chronic-disease prevention through healthy foods, healthy cooking, fitness and community education.
- Meds to Beds program: allows hospitalized patients to benefit from having medications dispensed to them right at the bedside, increasing patient compliance. It also allows for further outreach of the system's medication affordability program, assuring patients can afford their treatments prior to leaving the hospital.
- Charitable clinics providing care with an interdisciplinary care team: Ascension All Saints Wisconsin Avenue Clinic serves a predominantly underserved population inducing Medicaid, underinsured and Medicare enrollees.
- Access to Behavioral Health Services: Support for outpatient behavioral health services for children and adolescents for the community.
- Medical Mission at Home: historically held at least annually at multiple locations across the state, the event provides free medical, vision and dental services to those in need.