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January 23, 2018

Rep. David Schweikert Co-Sponsors Legislation Designed to Improve Prescription Access for Medicare Beneficiaries

WASHINGTON – Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ06) released the following statement regarding H.R. 4841, the Standardizing Electronic Prior Authorization for Safe Prescribing Act, which is designed to improve access for Medicare beneficiaries. The bill was introduced by Reps. David Schweikert (R-AZ), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), and Mike Thompson (D-CA):

“With a large portion of the commercial market effectively using electronic prior authorization (ePA), and a number of states that have standards in place, this legislation is an essential step forward towards standardizing ePA in the Medicare program, the largest payer in the nation. Standardizing ePA will improve efficiencies in Medicare and ensure safe prescribing for patients. Individuals will no longer be turned away from the pharmacy counter and can begin their doctor-prescribed therapies without delay.”


Rep. Johnson (OH-6): “The legislation I co-sponsored encourages Medicare to use this technology, which will help reduce abandoned prescriptions left at the pharmacy, increase efficiencies in the appeals process by reducing claims, and ensure Medicare enrollees get the right treatment at the proper cost share. Many residents of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio are dependent on the Medicare program, and anything that helps them get their needed medication more efficiently is beneficial.”


Rep. Lujan (NM-3): “Too often the prescription authorization process for those enrolled in Medicare is lengthy, confusing and frustrating. The purpose of our bill is to streamline the process, eliminate frustrating delays and allow seniors to get the prescriptions they need with a minimum of fuss,” said Lujan.  “By standardizing the electronic prior authorization system, our legislation makes Medicare easier for seniors. That’s good for patients and ultimately good for ensuring the Medicare system operates as cost efficiently and effectively as possible.”


Rep. Thompson (CA-5): “This legislation is another step toward modernizing Medicare and making it work better for patients. By standardizing the way electronic prior authorization systems operate under Medicare—ultimately mitigating delays for seniors needing prescriptions– we can greatly improve efficiency and patient experience. I’m proud to sponsor this bipartisan bill and I’ll continue to work to help bring Medicare into the 21st century.”

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