State Advocacy Update - Week of September 20

By Policy and Advocacy Brief posted 09-23-2021 13:34

  

State Advocacy Update

  • Alaska Introduces Bill Allowing Insurance Director to Waive Prior Authorization; Telehealth Payment Parity and no In-Person Requirement – the AUA continues to support the full expansion of telehealth services post the current public health emergency, including adoption of audio-only visits. Join the Discussion at Urology Place; and
  • Texas Law Grants “Gold Card” Exemption for Prior Authorization – the AUA partnered with the AMA in supporting prior authorization reform;

For information about bills the AUA is tracking in your state, please contact AUA State Advocacy Manager Catherine Hendricks at CHendricks@AUAnet.org. Check out our interactive map on the AUA State Advocacy Webpage.

 Alaska

H.B. 3009 – Insurance/Telehealth

Introduced by the House Rules Committee by the request of the governor, H.B. 3009 seeks to allow the director of insurance to order health insurance carriers to waive utilization review, including prior authorization, concurrent or retrospective review of inpatient and outpatient services; allows health care providers licensed in another jurisdiction in good standing to provide telehealth services without an in-person physical examination; and the amount charged for those health care services must be reasonable. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Health and Social Services. Read the bill.

Texas

H.B. 3459 – Insurance/Prior Authorization ENACTED

Introduced by Representative Greg Bonnen (R), H.B. 3459 will allow physicians who have a 90 percent prior authorization approval rate over a six-month period on certain services to be exempt from prior authorization requirements for those services. The exemption is referred to as a “gold card.” Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill on June 1. Read the bill.

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