UnitedHealthcare announced it will expand pharmacy discounts to roughly 7 million of its members beginning in 2019, according to a Fierce Healthcare report.
The rebates will extend to enrollees in fully insured commercial group plans, the isurer said.
UHC’s plan comes amid concerns from pharma that pharmacy benefit managers and insurers are putting the brunt of those discounts into their own coffers rather than extending those savings to the consumers.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the move is a “prime example” of what President Donald Trump’s White House is working toward.
“Empowering patients and providers with the information and control to put them in the driver’s seat is a key part of our strategy at the Department of Health and Human Services to bring down the price of drugs and make healthcare more affordable,” Azar said.
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