Summit to address cost of health care, prescription drugs

Summit to address cost of health care, prescription drugs
Source: Gray Media

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -The President of the United States laid out his plan for the future in his State of The Union address, including a push to lower the cost of health care and the price of prescription drugs.

Leaders in the health field will meet for a yearly summit in New Orleans Wednesday.

Access 2019 will include politicians, business leader, and doctors who will discuss the future of prescription drugs in America.

One of the featured speakers will be Alex Azar, the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Azar will speak specifically about the president’s plans to lower health care costs and make prescription drugs cheaper to fill.

A Lee Zurk investigation called Medical Waste highlighted this problem, and revealed how pharmacists are often unable to tell their patients when buying out of pocket would be cheaper than using insurance.

President Trump recently signed a bill into law that worked to reverse that, and allow pharmacists to be more honest with their patients.

“The next major priority for me and for all of us should be to lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs and to protect patients with preexisting conditions," said President Trump.

The bill started in Louisiana and was pushed by Senator Bill Cassidy.

The Access Summit will go on throughout the day until 3 p.m.

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