Bills Require 1 Form for Authorization of Medicine

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan lawmakers are advancing legislation that would create a universal form that doctors could use when patients need prior authorization for coverage of prescription drugs.

Bills approved last week by the state House and Senate would make the state develop a standard methodology for doctors when insurers require prior authorization.

Supporters say some forms are too long and each insurer uses a different form, creating extra work for health care providers.

The legislation has not won final passage and is expected to get further debate when lawmakers return from a two-week break. It is being sponsored by Republican Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker of Lawton and Republican Rep. Gail Haines of Lake Angelus.

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