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H.R. 3173: Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2021

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To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish requirements with respect to the use of prior authorization under Medicare Advantage plans, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Suzan DelBene

Sponsor. Representative for Washington's 1st congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 14, 2022
Length: 22 pages
May 13, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Passed House (Senate next) on Sep 14, 2022

This bill passed in the House on September 14, 2022 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

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326 Cosponsors (191 Democrats, 135 Republicans)

1% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

House Unanimously Passes Bill to Improve Care for 28M Seniors, Cut Red Tape
    — Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1] (Sponsor) on Sep 14, 2022

Doc Caucus Statement in Support of H.R. 3173, the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2021
    — Rep. Brad Wenstrup [R-OH2] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 15, 2022

the daily leader: wednesday, september 14, 2022
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Sep 14, 2022

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 3173 will add $16.2 billion in new spending through 2032.


May 13, 2021

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Sep 9, 2022
Text Published

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Sep 14, 2022
Considered by Health

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Sep 14, 2022
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 3173 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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