New law will help prevent patients from overpaying for drugs

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Insurers will no longer be able to keep pharmacists from telling consumers when paying cash would be cheaper than using insurance for their prescriptions.

One of the laws deals with patients who have private insurance and is set to take effect right away. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, sponsored the effort, saying Americans were overpaying for their drugs because their pharmacists could only divulge the cheaper option if the customer specifically asked about it.

"Foreign countries extort lower prices from United States drug-makers for their citizens, subsidized by higher cost prices for American citizens", Trump said at the White House, without mentioning the names of the nations". The analysis found it's been business as usual for drugmakers, with far more price increases than cuts.

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Under pharmacy "gag" rules, pharmacists have been prohibited from proactively telling consumers when their prescription would cost less if they paid for it out-of-pocket rather than using their insurance plan.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the legislation will give patients "the right to know" when lower-cost prescriptions are available.

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