Summary: This bill establishes several prohibitions, requirements, and standards relating to prior authorization processes under Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. (Cosponsors, Bipartisan)
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig Cosponsored the bill on 11/13/19.
STATUS: Introduced 6/05/19 by Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1]. .
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- “When seniors need critical medical care, doctors and support staff should be spending their time working with patients instead of having to haggle with insurance companies over whether they can do their jobs. This bipartisan legislation creates sensible rules for the road and will offer transparency and oversight to the prior authorization process. I’m pleased to work with Reps. Kelly, Marshall, and Bera on this vital legislation for our nation’s seniors,” said Rep. DelBene. (Source: Rep. DelBene, Press Release, 6/05/19)
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) strongly urges Congress to pass the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (H.R. 3107). This legislation would reduce health care providers’ administrative burden by addressing unnecessary preauthorization requirements, ultimately increasing efficiencies in patient care and improving clinical outcomes. H.R. 3107 was introduced by Reps Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Roger Marshall (R-KS), and Ami Bera (D-CA). (Source: American Physical Therapy Association)