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Congress Urges CMS to Finalize Prior Authorization Proposals

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Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have sent bipartisan CHA-supported letters to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on prior authorization proposals. The letters urge the agency to include provisions from the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3173), which aims to speed up the prior authorization process for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, in its finalized rules on prior authorization.  

Several provisions that will align the rule with the legislation include real-time prior authorization for routine matters, a 24-hour deadline for MA plans to answer prior authorization requests for “urgently needed care” and more detailed transparency metrics.  

CHA thanks the 30 members of the California congressional delegation who signed the letters: 

  • Rep. Nanette Barragan  
  • Rep. Ami Bera  
  • Rep. Julia Brownley 
  • Rep. Salud Carbajal 
  • Rep. Tony Cardenas 
  • Rep. Judy Chu 
  • Rep. Lou Correa 
  • Rep. John Garamendi 
  • Rep. Mark DeSaulnier 
  • Rep. Jimmy Gomez 
  • Rep. Jared Huffman 
  • Rep. Young Kim 
  • Rep. Barbara Lee 
  • Rep. Mike Levin 
  • Rep. Ted Lieu 
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren 
  • Rep. Doris Matsui 
  • Rep. Grace Napolitano 
  • Rep. Jay Obernolte 
  • Sen. Alex Padilla 
  • Rep. Jimmy Panetta 
  • Rep. Scott Peters  
  • Rep. Katie Porter  
  • Rep. Raul Ruiz 
  • Rep. Linda Sanchez 
  • Rep. Michelle Steel 
  • Rep. Eric Swalwell 
  • Rep. Mike Thompson 
  • Rep. Norma Torres 
  • Rep. David Valadao