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Monday, June 3, 2013

CALL GOVERNOR PERRY ON PRIOR AUTHORIZATIONS BILLS

Please call the governor’s office now at (512) 463-2000 and ask Gov. Rick Perry to sign Senate Bill 644 and Senate Bill 1216 today. These bills, part of our red-tape-reduction package, will streamline prescription drug and health care prior authorizations so patients receive their medications and health care services sooner. SB 644 creates a standard prior-authorization form for prescription drugs, which SB 1216 would do for health care services and supplies. Insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers require too many prior-authorization forms. All these forms cost physicians time and money, and detract from patient care. These were among TMA’s top-priority bills in the legislative session. A short phone call from you to the governor will help us make sure that they become law.

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