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Trump administration proposes rules for Medicare plans as it seeks to lower drug prices

Bertha Coombs

The Trump administration's new proposals would ban what it calls "backdoor rebates," as it seeks to lower drug costs for consumers at the pharmacy counter. The administration says those confidential rebates have led to a "perverse incentive" for drug makers to make list prices on drugs artificially high. HHS Secretary Alex Azar says in a statement that the goal would be to create a system that prioritizes savings for patients.