House Ways & Means Passes Prior Authorization Legislation

By Policy and Advocacy Brief posted 08-02-2022 13:51


On July 27, the House Ways & Means Committee voted unanimously to pass H.R. 8487, the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2022. This measure would establish several requirements and standards relating to prior authorization processes under Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, such as real-time decisions for services routinely approved and annual reports detailing prior authorization information including the average response time.

H.R. 8487 now moves to the full House for further deliberation. The AUA will monitor and continue to advocate in support of this important legislation. The AUA remains committed to mitigating prior authorization and other barriers to patient care in an effort to promote practice sustainability during the public health emergency and beyond.