Trump signs bills banning drug pricing 'gag clauses'

Trump signs bills banning drug pricing 'gag clauses'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll MORE on Wednesday signed two bills banning "gag clauses" that keep patients in the dark about how to save money on prescription drugs. 

The clauses are sometimes included in the contracts insurers have with pharmacies — preventing pharmacies from telling customers they can save money on a drug if they pay with cash instead of using their health insurance. 

"This is very strong legislation to end these unjust gag clauses once and for all," Trump said during a signing ceremony at the White House. 

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"All our citizens deserve to know the lowest price available at our pharmacies, and now that's what they'll be getting."  

Trump thanked the sponsors of the bills who attended the ceremony, including Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCollins: Mueller report includes 'an unflattering portrayal' of Trump GOP senator: 'No problem' with Mueller testifying The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? MORE (R-Maine), Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyGOP senator issues stark warning to Republicans on health care Bipartisan senators offer bill to expand electric vehicle tax credit Menendez, Rubio lead Senate effort to regulate Venezuelan sanctions MORE (R-La.), Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar Alexander Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 GOP senators divided on Trump trade pushback Five things to know about the measles outbreak MORE (R-Tenn.) and Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowDemocratic proposals to overhaul health care: A 2020 primer We can accelerate a cure for Alzheimer's Bipartisan senators offer bill to expand electric vehicle tax credit MORE (D-Mich.) and Rep. Buddy CarterEarl (Buddy) Leroy CarterFederal board votes to rename Georgia's 'Runaway Negro Creek' to 'Freedom Creek' 3 signs the PBMs are desperately in need of reform Don't enact a law that diminishes the incentive for generic companies to challenge patents MORE (R-Ga.) 

He also indicated he thinks Republicans might be able to work with Democrats on more drug pricing reform in the future. 

"I really do believe Democrats want to do that, too," Trump said. 

"If there's anything bipartisan, it's lowering drug prices." 

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said there will be regulatory action in the weeks and months ahead focused on bringing down drug prices, a key Trump campaign promise.