About the bill
Americans overspend by an estimated $135 million on prescriptions through their insurance, in cases when they would cost less out of pocket. Yet pharmacists are often under gag orders from telling customers about that discrepancy.
A new bill introduced in the Senate would end this practice.
A “pharmacy gag clause” is a tactic under which a pharmacist may not inform customers which of the two options would cost less for a certain product: using their health insurance or paying fully out of pocket.
These clauses are usually instituted by an insurer or pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), the most famous of which include CVS Health, Express Scripts, or United Health. They’re put in for cases in which most consumers would save money by paying out of pocket — if only …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Senator for Maine. Republican.
Last Updated: Sep 27, 2018
Length: 4 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 10, 2018
This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 10, 2018.
25 Cosponsors (14 Democrats, 10 Republicans, 1 Independent)
What legislators are saying
“Chairman Alexander: This Congress, HELP Committee Produced 18 Laws Including Landmark Opioid Legislation to Combat Nations Most Pressing Public Health Crisis”
— Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN, 2003-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Dec 20, 2018
“Cassidy-Cosponsored Bills to Help Patients Save Money on Prescriptions Heads to President’s Desk”
— Sen. Bill Cassidy [R-LA] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 26, 2018
“Cramer: house passes legislation addressing bioterrorism threats and access to prescription information”
— Sen. Kevin Cramer [R-ND] on Sep 26, 2018
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What stakeholders are saying
S. 2554 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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