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Prior Authorization under Medicare Plans


The Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3173) has been reintroduced by Reps. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), and Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN) in the U.S. House of Representatives.


This bipartisan legislation would protect patients from unnecessary delays in care by streamlining and standardizing prior authorization under Medicare Advantage plans, providing much-needed oversight and transparency of health insurance for America’s seniors.

As we are all aware, prior authorization burdens are frequently cited by physicians as a significant administrative burden that can have negative consequences for patient health.

The AMA and other patient, physician, health care professional, and other health care stakeholder organizations are urging House members to support this legislation.  


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