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Filling Medical Form, document, stethoscope Beginning in June 2023, health plans in Michigan will have to act on non-urgent prior authorization requests in nine calendar days and on urgent requests in 72 hours. (Photo: Tomasz Papuga – Fotolia)

Andrew Bade, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes nearly two decades ago, is accustomed to all the medical gear he needs to keep his blood sugar under control. His insulin pump contains a disposable insulin cartridge, and a plastic tubing system with an adhesive patch keeps in place the cannula that delivers insulin under his skin. He wears a continuous glucose monitor on his arm.

Bade, 24, has used the same equipment for years, but every three months when he needs new supplies, his health insurance plan requires him to go through an approval process called prior authorization.

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