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Springfield Update: Illinois House Unanimously Passes ISMS-Backed Prior Authorization Reform Bill!
Posted on: 4/23/2021
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Earlier this week, Illinois state representatives unanimously passed House Bill 711 designed to address significant delays for patient care caused by prior authorization. 

Known as the Prior Authorization Reform Act, this initiative would:

  • Establish important maximum timelines for urgent and non-urgent prior authorization requests. Currently there are no standard timelines, forcing patients to wait an excessive amount of time, often weeks, before care can be initiated. 

  • Ensure that prior authorization requirements are based on medical evidence and that decisions are administered by qualified professionals.

“Wednesday’s vote is a win for the patients of Illinois,” said ISMS President Robert W. Panton, MD. “As part of the Your Care Can’t Wait Coalition, ISMS would like to thank lawmakers who recognize the need to reform the prior authorization process so the people of Illinois can receive the healthcare they deserve without bureaucratic delays.” 

ISMS’ message to Illinois patients is simple: Your care can’t wait!

Learn more at www.YourCareCantWait.org.

If you have questions, please contact ISMS Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs Erin O'Brien by email

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