What You Need to Know About State-Based Prior Authorization Laws

Most states have considered legislation to relieve the burdens on doctors and patients associated with prior authorization; has yours?


Many state legislators are considering proposals that would streamline the prior authorization process. According to the AMA, 30 state legislatures considered prior authorization bills in 2023 — many of which use the organization’s model legislation. Despite the finalization of the Advancing Interoperability and Improving Prior Authorization Processes rule, the AMA believes there is more work to do at the state and federal levels.


In 2023, there were 90 bills considered across states and D.C. to limit prior authorization requirements. Over a dozen bills are still being considered in Arkansas, California, New Jersey, North Carolina, D.C., and Washington state. Here is a list of those that have passed.

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