Speak Out! Fix Prior Authorization Ask Senators to Pass the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act

take action image WFMUOver the past decade, public and private insurers have substantially increased the use of prior authorization in an attempt to reduce healthcare costs. As a result, patients now experience significant barriers to medically necessary care due to prior approval requirements for items and services that are eventually and routinely approved. Nearly 4 out of 5 Medicare Advantage beneficiaries are subject to unnecessary delays due to prior authorizations and it continues to be the first administrative burden identified by physicians.

The Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3173/S. 3018) would streamline and standardize prior authorization under the Medicare Advantage program, protect patients from unnecessary delays in care, and reduce administrative burden for physicians.

On September 14, after constant pressure from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and physicians across the country, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3173. Now it is crucial that Senators hear from physicians in their district that reforming prior authorization is a priority, and they need to support the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act today.

Contact your Senators today via AAFP’s Speak Out.

 

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