Reporter Lauren Sausser investigates the escalating frustrations tied to prior authorization in healthcare, where patients grapple with insurance denials causing delays in essential care. While legislation addressing Medicare Advantage patients awaits finalization, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule to streamline processes. Jesse Ehrenfeld from the American Medical Association urges Congress for regulatory relief, alleging insurers prioritize profits. Marine Corps veteran Ron Winters expresses dismay at prolonged authorizations. Robert Hartwig of the University of South Carolina questions CMS’s leadership in expediting electronic processes. In his words, “It’s not clear to me that CMS is ‘leading’ the way here, so to speak.” The report also touches on Sen. Bernie Sanders investigating high inhaler prices and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s undisclosed hospitalization prompting calls for accountability. Read more of the article by clicking here.