Congress passed two pieces of legislation that would make it easier for pharmacists to tell patients about their payment options at the pharmacy counter.
Both bills ban the use of gag clauses – a binding agreement that prohibits a pharmacist from telling patients about their payment options – specifically, whether patients could save money by paying cash for their medication instead of using health insurance. Gag clauses prevent patients from making the cheaper choice of paying out of pocket rather than a higher copayment.
The Arthritis Foundation has led the charge by building support in Congress and among other patient and provider organizations about the importance of this legislation. Thanks to Arthritis Foundation Advocates and Ambassadors calling on their members of Congress to vote in favor of the legislation, the bills moved quickly through the legislative process. Read about the impact of this legislation and what’s next in our blog post.