Hartford Happenings
The third week of the legislative session has brought numerous committee meetings. In the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, concept bills were raised on prior authorization and step therapy, top priorities for CSMS this legislative session (click here to read more about CSMS 2023 legislative priorities). In the Human Services Committee, a concept bill was raised on Medicaid payment rates, yet another priority for CSMS. These are important first steps in the legislative process. CSMS continues to meet with leadership of key committees as we pursue our legislative priorities. In the coming weeks, public testimony will begin on many issues that impact the physician community and there will be several opportunities for CSMS members to advocate for important and needed reforms.

Your Voice is Needed – Advocate for Increased Medicaid Payment Rates
Calling all physicians! One of CSMS’ top priorities this legislative session is increasing Medicaid payment rates for physicians. A public hearing on this issue is scheduled for February 7th. It is vitally important that physicians from all specialties submit written testimony or present oral testimony (either in person or by zoom) on this topic. This date is subject to change so please continue to check Enews for updates. As soon as the date for this hearing is finalized, we will send out a special news bulletin with information on how to submit written testimony and/or present oral testimony. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your voice heard. The time is now for an across-the-board increase in Medicaid payments to physicians!

Prior Authorization Reform Handout is Now Available in English and Spanish
Calling all medical practices! Encourage your patients to share their experiences about how prior authorizations have delayed access to medical care – it is critically important that legislators understand the impact prior authorizations have on physicians and their patients.

To that end, we have developed a one-page handout that you can print out in English and in Spanish to put in your office to encourage patients to share how prior authorizations have delayed access to medical care. Please feel free to copy and distribute the document in your office.

If you would like to have your logo added to the document, please email Patrice Dumond ( to receive a co-branded pdf.

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