Statement from Comptroller Susana Mendoza on House Passage of the Healthcare Protection Act

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Tonight, I applaud House lawmakers for passing HB 5395, the Healthcare Protection Act (HPA). Sponsored by Rep. Anna Moeller, the legislation finally gives power back to patients and their doctors to make personal medical decisions. Big, powerful insurance companies should not be dictating treatment options for patients. 

I thank the Governor for proposing these comprehensive reforms that will prevent insurers from denying and delaying physician-ordered treatments. And, yes, it’s about time we remove prior authorization requirements for in-patient mental health care. 

The HPA is a monumental step towards prioritizing patients over profit. I look forward to its passage in the Senate and being signed into law.