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House Insurance Committee Chairman Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge, left, who sponsored House Bill 435 that would require hospitals to disclose which medical providers are not in a patient’s insurance network, briefly confers with Rep. Major Thibaut, D-New Roads, right, Tuesday. (Photo by Tryfon Boukouvidis)

Bill: Hospitals inform patients about out-of-network services

The House Insurance Committee Tuesday amended and recommended to the full chamber a bill that would require hospitals to disclose which medical providers are not in a patient’s insurance network prior to scheduled non-emergency services.
House Bill 435 by Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge, proposes that hospitals provide the patients with a list of the medical providers associated with the hospitals. Currently, health care facilities provide a list of out-of-network physicians only upon request.

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Constitutional convention sought to fix ‘broken system’

Louisiana will be on its way to its next constitutional convention to adjust the Louisiana Constitution where it deals with fiscal matters if a bill approved in the House Governmental Affairs Committee Tuesday makes it through the House and Senate.
“We can all agree on one thing: The current system is broken. Regardless of what the fix is, we all agree that we need to fix it,” Rep. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, said. “This provides a mechanism to do it.”

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Rep. Bernard LeBas

Louisiana Rural Caucus elects LeBas chairman

The Louisiana Rural Caucus has elected Rep. Bernard LeBas of Ville Platte to lead the 67-member group of legislators this year.
Joining Chairman LeBas in leadership roles are Larry Bagley of Stonewall, vice-chairman, and Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill of Dry Creek, secretary/treasurer.
“We’re the largest membership caucus in the Legislature, representing practically the whole state, outside of metropolitan areas,” LeBas said. “We deal with all kinds of issues, not just those that are agriculture-related.”

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Legislators tap $99M from Rainy Day as part of buget patch

Louisiana lawmakers finished their work filling a $304 million mid-year budget gap Wednesday, with the Legislature coming to a compromise following a week of public fights and private negotiations between Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican legislators.
The 10-day special session ended with neither Edwards, who wanted to use $119 million from the rainy day fund, nor House Republicans, who wanted to use far less, getting all of what they wanted.

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