Members of the House have approved a bill, H.R. 5773, that could eventually lead to a revamp of the Medicare drug plan prescription preauthorization process.
House members passed the “Preventing Addiction for Susceptible Seniors Act of 2018″ (PASS Act of 2018) bill Wednesday, by a voice vote.
The House Ways and Means Committee considered the bill, which was introduced by Rep. Pete Roskam, R-Ill., along with a flurry of other bills aimed at addressing the opioid abuse crisis.
One section of the bill calls for the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to put an electronic preauthorization system for Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans in place by Jan. 1, 2021.