President Trump signs McCaskill "Gag Order" Bills Into Law


By:  Jesse Inman
Ozarks First

WASHINGTON -- The bills prohibit gag clauses, which will prevent patients from paying more than necessary for their prescriptions. 

Prior to this, these "gag orders" mean pharmacists could be prohibited from telling their customers that a prescription could cost them less out of pocket than it would through insurance coverage. 

At the national level, this will now be prohibited after President Donald Trump signed into law two Wednesday bipartisan pieces of legislation from U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill that end the practice.

Last month, the Congress passed McCaskill’s Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act, which prohibits gag clauses in individual market and group-based insurance plans, as well as companion legislation, the Know the Lowest Price Act, to prohibit gag clauses in Medicare Part D. 

McCaskill, along with Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, led the push to prohibit this practice.

Last year, President Trump signed into law the McCaskill's legislation to increase competition for generic drugs and help lower prescription costs.

KOLR10 previously reported on a similar bill passing in the State of Missouri.