Though Congress is in August recess, we’ve got details on some of the hot topics in health care that will be discussed and debated for the remainder of 2019. Read on to get the scoop! Continue reading Your Summer Federal Advocacy Roundup!
Governor Bevin signs law on March 26, 2019
Imagine you’re diagnosed with a chronic condition like rheumatoid arthritis, which rocks your world and changes life as you have known it. With the help of a good physician, you develop a treatment plan that will hopefully improve your condition and make the tasks of daily life manageable.
The Arthritis Foundation reached a milestone in September, securing our 100th state legislative victory since 2014! Congratulations Advocates!! All of these victories were made possible due to all of you!
Our victories occurred in 47 states plus Washington, DC, impacting more than 50 million people with doctor-diagnosed arthritis, and have focused on many patient access to care issues like:
Families, physicians and patients gathered in Harrisburg, PA on March 28 to learn more about potential legislation that could affect access to care and meet with their legislators to enlist their help. They shared their stories with legislators and asked them to cosponsor the prior authorization bill and the copay cap bill. It was an impactful day of relationship building using personal stories to communicate the urgent need for support and passage of these bills.
Continue reading 35 Attend Capitol Day in Pennsylvania Advocating for Prior Authorization and Copay Cap Bills
On Monday, June 13, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 129, an important piece of prior authorization legislation, into law. The bill, sponsored by Senators Capri Cafaro and Randy Gardner:
- ensures that prior authorization requirements or restrictions are listed on the health insurer’s website and allows providers and patients to obtain prior authorization through a web-based system;
- ensures that any new or future prior authorization requirements are disclosed prior to the new requirement being implemented;
- requires that once a prior authorization has been approved, the insurer will not retroactively deny the service based upon previously approved medical necessity or coverage criteria; and
- requires a faster turnaround on prior authorization requests and a streamlined appeals process in the event a prior authorization is denied.