According to a New York Times article published Feb. 24, states across the U.S. are taking steps to void “gag clauses” which prevent pharmacists from giving customers some money-saving advice.
The clauses, according go the Times, keep pharmacists from informing customers that they could pay for prescription drugs with cash rather than using their insurance to save some coin.
Many pharmacists have reportedly made clear their frustrations about the provisions.
“I can’t tell you how frustrated these pharmacists were that they were unable to give that information to their customers, who they knew were struggling to pay a high co-pay,” Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar voiced a similar sentiment, saying, “That shouldn’t be happening.”
To read more on the “gag clauses,” click here.