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The Legislature moves bills on prior authorization, loan repayment, and broadband expansion

| Mar 31, 2022 | Michigan

The Michigan Legislature’s spring break adjournment followed lots of bill movement. The Legislature moved bills to change the prior authorization process for commercial insurers, provide supplemental funds to implement statewide broadband, and expand the Essential Health Provider Loan Repayment Program.      Both chambers recently passed Senate Bill 247, which...[ Read More ]

Texas stakeholders disagree on prior authorization rules

| Mar 9, 2021 | Texas

While the Texas Medical Association (TMA) believes prior authorizations (PAs) can be an impediment to timely, quality care, groups like the Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP) believe they exist to protect patients against fraud and to keep valuable services from being misused. A bill on this contested topic, sponsored...[ Read More ]

Kreidler extends emergency order on telehealth coverage

| Jun 19, 2020 | Washington

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler extended his emergency order directing all state-regulated health insurers to make additional coverage changes to aid consumers during the coronavirus pandemic. His order is in effect until July 19 and requires health insurers to: Continue coverage for providing telehealth via methods including telephone and video chat tools such...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Leanne Berge, Prior authorization, Rep. Eileen Cody

| Feb 11, 2020 | Washington

We are in day 30 of the 60 day legislative session. The few notable health bills that are moving this session actually highlight something more interesting: just how big a health care session 2019 was. So, for a host of reasons, this feels like the lull before the next big...[ Read More ]

Prior authorization bill goes to Ways & Means

Madeline Shannon | Feb 7, 2020 | Washington

Substitute Senate Bill 6404 passed in the Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee this week and was referred to the Ways & Means Committee, sending the legislation along before the Feb. 11 cutoff for bills passing through fiscal committees this legislative session. The bill increases transparency on prior authorization, which...[ Read More ]