P4HA Applauds Subcommittee Passage of Electronic Prior Authorization Bill

WASHINGTON, DC (April 25, 2018): Prescriptions for a Healthy America (P4HA), the medication adherence campaign of the Council for Affordable Health Coverage, responded today to the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee passage of H.R. 4841, the Standardizing Electronic Prior Authorization for Safe Prescribing Act.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) and long championed by P4HA, would facilitate the use of electronic prior authorization (ePA) in Medicare's prescription drug program. thereby reducing delays in access to treatment that result in medication nonadherence.

P4HA endorsed H.R. 4841 upon its introduction in January of this year and repeated calls for its passage in a March 2018 MedPageToday column, writing that "the link between prior authorization delays, nonadherence, and poor health outcomes is undeniable, as is the need for Congressional action." 

P4HA Executive Director Sloane Salzburg released the following statement celebrating the subcommitee passage of the legislation:

"Research shows us that 40 percent of prescriptions requiring a prior authorization are abandoned by the patient at the pharmacy counter. This is fueling a crisis of nonadherence that, for too many patients, causes otherwise manageable health conditions to regress to full-blown healthcare emergencies. In 2018, there is no excuse for failing to harness the power of technology to resolve these claims more expeditiously," said P4HA Executive Director Sloane Salzburg. "Private insurers, doctors, and pharmacies have found an answer in electronic prior authorization or 'ePA' and, now, it's past time to adopt this same technology across the Medicare space. P4HA thanks Rep. Schweikert and members of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee for their work on this sorely needed policy solution and urges the full committee to follow suit." 

P4HA is partnering with Rep. Schweikert to hold a Congressional briefing on the importance of electronic prior authorization tomorrow morning at 9:30 AM in 2456 Rayburn House Office Building entitled, "ePA to Prevent Delay: How Electronic Prior Authorization Can Speed Patient Access to Therapy and Prevent Medication Mismanagement." Click here to learn more.