Prior Authorizations Extended

On May 11, 2020, the Department of Insurance issued Bulletin B-0025-20. The bulletin encourages insurers licensed by the department to extend prior authorizations for elective procedures that were authorized before Gov. Abbott postponed those procedures in an emergency order issued on March 22, 2020. Since the governor has eased those restrictions in an order issued on April 17, 2020, by allowing them under certain circumstances, the bulletin encourages insurers to minimize delays in providing procedures by considering such things as automatically extending prior authorizations previously granted, extending referrals to specialists, and providing both consumers and providers with written notice of updated authorizations.

Employers with health plans licensed in Texas should be aware of this development.

Bulletin B-0025-20 »