LOUISIANA

Overview

In the 2019 legislative term, Louisiana introduced legislation to tackle surprise and balance billing (HB 371, HB 374). However, neither measure passed. The state continued its efforts to contain prescription drug prices and passed legislation to regulate pharmacy benefit managers (SB 41, SB 239). Additionally, the legislature passed SB 173, which requires continued coverage of essential health benefits and protection of patients with pre-existing condition as provided under the Affordable Care Act in the event the ACA is repealed.

In 2018, Louisiana passed a number of legislation 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.

LEGISLATION: The Database of State Laws Impacting Healthcare Cost and Quality (SLIHCQ), created by The Source on Healthcare Price & Competition and Catalyst for Payment Reform, catalogues state legislation governing price transparency, provider market power, provider payment, provider networks, and benefit design. The database also includes pharmaceutical legislation beginning in the 2017-2018 legislative session. *Note: Current legislative session bill updates are ongoing. Check back weekly for updates. 

LITIGATION: The Source tracks major litigation and antitrust enforcement action by federal entities (FTC or DOJ), state attorney generals, and private parties in the main provider and insurer markets, particularly legal challenges of healthcare consolidation and anticompetitive contract provisions. Additionally, the database contains major pharmaceutical cases including legislation challenges and significant appellate cases.

Search the database across all jurisdictions on the State Overview page, or view and filter existing legislation or litigation on individual state pages. The database allows customized search and filter by keyword, status, and/or key issue category. *Multiple filter/selections enabled. Click here for User Guide.

 

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© 2018-2019 The SLIHCQ DatabaseInitial funding for this project was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.
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© 2018-2019 The SLIHCQ DatabaseInitial funding for this project was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.
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Additional Resources

LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR

Louisiana’s latest legislative term ran from 3/12/2018 – 6/5/2018. Louisiana’s next legislative session will convene in 2020.

FY 2019-2020 BUDGET

Louisiana’s fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 the following year. Louisiana enacted its FY 2019-2020 Budget during the special legislative session. To view Louisiana’s FY 2019-2020 Budget, click here.

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