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Overview

Louisiana passed a number of legislation during the 2018 session to promote transparency in healthcare and curb healthcare costs. The Legislature passed the Pharmacist Communication with Patients Act (SB 241), which allows pharmacists to provide drug cost information to patients, along with HB 436, which prohibits limitations on disclosures of such information. In addition, Governor John Bel Edwards signed SB 283, which requires pharmaceutical benefit managers to issue an annual transparency report about how they operate in the state.

In 2017, legislature focused on regulating healthcare price transparency by passing legislation that allows health insurance providers to negotiate charges and fees associated with individual health policies.

The State Database

The Source tracks state activities impacting healthcare price and competition in both legislation and litigation in a searchable database to help stakeholders at the state level understand their legal and regulatory environment as they make efforts to improve access, quality, and efficiency, and reduce costs in healthcare. We currently cover bills from the 2017-2018 legislative term and key statutes from each state. Search the database for specific bills, statutes or cases by using keyword, key issue category, and/or jurisdiction.

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Additional Resources

LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR

Louisiana’s 2018 legislative term ran from 3/12/2018 – 6/5/2018. Louisiana’s next legislative term will begin in 2019.

FY 2018 BUDGET

Louisiana’s fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 the following year. Louisiana enacted its FY 2018 Budget during the special legislative session. To view Louisiana’s FY 2018 Budget, click here.

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