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Rep. Suzan DelBene
June 26, 2020

Rep. Suzan DelBene leads prior authorization reform

As a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Medicare program, DelBene has worked closely with AGA.
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When Rep. Suzan DelBene was first elected to Congress in 2012, we met with her to share AGA’s policy priorities. We knew instantly that we had a voice for many of our issues. DelBene started her career as a young investigator before continuing her education and launching a career in the biotechnology industry. From her firsthand experience, she understands the need for investments in NIH research and for access to and coverage of colorectal cancer screenings since a member of her family had the disease.

Since DelBene has been in office, she has taken the lead on several policy priorities impacting our profession, including patient access and protections and regulatory relief. DelBene is the lead Democratic sponsor of H.R. 3107, the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act, legislation that would streamline prior authorization in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. The legislation hit a milestone of securing 218 cosponsors in the House, which is a majority of the members. We look forward to continuing to work with Rep. DelBene on advancing AGA’s policy priorities.

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