TMA Legislative Hotline

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Legislative Top 10: Making Sense of Proposed Prior Authorization Fix

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Most physicians and their patients have faced a common health insurer hassle: prior authorization. 

Doctors say they must wait too often for insurance approval for a patient’s necessary treatment or prescription – needlessly delaying care. 

In today’s Texas Medical Association Legislative News Hotline video, TMA Vice President of Advocacy Darren Whitehurst reports that help is on the way. 

A bill passed this session and awaiting Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature helps prevent delays in care by providing more transparency for patients and physicians regarding what health plans require for prior authorizations. 

Mr. Whitehurst also says lawmakers passed a measure to improve utilization review of care.

Watch this and more in today’s third video in TMA’s “Top 10” series of reports on key legislative advances this session. 

Miss the earlier installments? Check out the series.