House Passes Cutler Mental Health Prescriptions Bill
6/5/2013
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today approved legislation authored by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) that would exempt psychiatrists from Medicaid’s pre-authorization for prescribing medication. The measure would help to reduce the delay some mental health patients experience when refilling medications.



“Psychiatrists are highly educated and qualified to prescribe medications, so the pre-authorization is simply redundant government red tape,” said Cutler. “It is important for patients with mental health conditions to have prompt and easy access to their medications. This legislation is about removing the barriers they are facing.”

A study by the American Psychiatric Association showed that more than 61 percent of psychiatrists in Pennsylvania reported having patients who experienced difficulty in accessing prescribed medications due to the prior authorization requirement. By contrast, the study found that psychiatrists in New York state, where mental health medications are not subject to prior authorization, only reported seeing patients who had difficulty in accessing medications at a rate of 27 percent.

The legislation was amended on the floor to require a fiscal impact study during the first and third years under the new policy.

Cutler thanked Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) for his assistance in securing passage of the legislation.

“Government works best when members from both parties work together to craft policy,” said Cutler. “I thank Representative Wheatley for the work he put into ushering this legislation through the process. We both agree this bill is in the best interest of Pennsylvania citizens with mental health conditions.” 
 
House Bill 1287 will now go to the Senate for consideration.

Information about Cutler and his legislative priorities is available at RepCutler.com and Facebook.com/RepBryanCutler.

Representative Bryan Cutler
100th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Nicole Wamsley
717.783.8063
nwamsley@pahousegop.com
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