The governor’s office never released a detailed plan revolving around Canadian drugs, but DeSantis did say that the program would be possible under the federal Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003.
The program, however, cannot go into effect unless the the secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services certifies to Congress that the imports don’t threaten the health and safety of the American public, and would also reduce costs. No certification has happened yet.
But that doesn't mean all is lost. According to the White House, President Trump instructed both Republican leaders to work with Health Secretary Alex Azar to find options to "reduce drug prices in a safe way for Floridians.”
What that statement really means is unclear. DeSantis has said that the president is "enthusiastic" about the idea, but that should be taken with a grain of salt. In the past, Trump has had a rather shaky relationship with Canadian leadership. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been a thorn in President Trump's -- and everyone else's -- side. Their continued gridlock could put DeSantis' plan on ice for now.
Even so, President Trump has been vocal about lowering drug costs for Americans. With the trust he has for both men, he may very well let DeSantis and Gaetz tackle this issue.
While lowering prescription medicine is a top priority for the DeSantis' administration, another topic was brought up during their meeting. With the Northwest Florida continuing to pick up the pieces left by Hurricane Michael last October, DeSantis and Gaetz discussed ways to continue to provide relief for Florida's Panhandle after it was destroyed by the Category 5 storm.
Their discussion with President Trump comes at a critical juncture, with residents of the hurricane ravaged area still waiting for federal relief dollars.
Last week, Florida legislators included nearly $2 billion in their 2019 budget towards helping the Panhandle recover from Hurricane Michael, but state lawmakers say it's not enough.
“The Panhandle was devastated and the federal government has not done its job, D.C. needs to step up,” said Sen. Rob Bradley. “So we stepped up because D.C. was not stepping up.”
And while residents in the Panhandle continue to try and rebuild their homes -- and lives -- all hope for additional funding is not lost.
On Wednesday, President Trump will hold a 2020 presidential campaign rally in the Panhandle. The event will be held at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater in Panama City Beach at 7 p.m., and President Trump is expected to visit the region to discuss Hurricane Michael recovery efforts.
Gov. DeSantis and Rep. Gaetz are expected to attend the rally in Panama City, and an announcement regarding relief efforts could accompany President Trump to the event. State leaders believe President Trump's appearance in the Panhandle isn't a mere coincidence, leading people to believe that a big announcement is coming on Wednesday.
“Why would you want to come unless you're going to announce more good news,” said DeSantis.
Whether or not the announcement was planned is unclear, but those close to DeSantis and Gaetz believe the dynamic duo's meeting with Trump will bear additional fruit for Floridians.