Senator Morrison’s Legislation Reforming Prior Authorization Process Receives Hearing in Senate Health and Human Services Committee

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – In an effort to reduce the bureaucratic hurdles facing Minnesotans in need of critical health care, Senator Kelly Morrison (DFL-Deephaven) presented her bill limiting the use of prior authorization when it delays critical care Wednesday in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. 

“When a patient needs care urgently, that care shouldn’t be delayed because of unnecessary paperwork,” said Senator Morrison, a practicing OB-GYN. “This bill would remove the bureaucratic hurdle of prior authorization when it creates an unnecessary barrier to care – especially in situations where a delay in care could be life-threatening. This essential legislation puts the well-being of Minnesotans first.”

The bill covers mental health treatment, substance-use disorder treatment, cancer treatment, and limits prior authorization to one-time only for treatment for chronic conditions, unless the standard of care changes. The bill also prohibits prior authorization on preventive health services, generic drugs, and biosimilars. The legislation is supported by a coalition of medical providers, including the Minnesota Medical Association, the Minnesota Hospital Association, the MN Academy of Family Physicians, and Children’s Minnesota. 

This is the second hearing on S.F. 3532, following passage in the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee on March 5. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in a future Health and Human Services Committee Omnibus Bill. 

Kelly Morrison represents District 45 in the southwest Twin Cities metro.

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