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CA’s Cap on Health Care Providers’ Annual Price Increases, IVF Protection Bill in LA & More

May 01, 2024 (1 min read)

CA to Cap Health Care Providers’ Annual Price Increases at 3%

California’s Health Care Affordability Board voted to limit annual price increases from doctors, hospitals and health insurers to 3%, about 2.4% below the annual rate of those increases over the past twenty years. The cap would be phased in over five years, beginning at 3.5% next year. But members of the board said the cap probably won’t be enforced until the end of the decade.

The 3% limit was based on the average annual increase in median household income in California from 2002 to 2022. The state’s health care industry has been supportive of the idea of a statewide cost target but said 3% is too low. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

LA House Panel Advances Bill to Protect IVF

The Louisiana House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure approved a bill (HB 833) intended to ensure continued access to in vitro fertility treatment in the state. The measure was prompted by the Alabama Supreme Court ruling in February temporarily halting in vitro fertilization in that state and prompting lawmakers there to hastily pass legislation restarting it (SB 159). (LOUISIANA ILLUMINATOR, ALABAMA REFLECTOR, LEXISNEXIS STATE NET)

MI Bills Would Allow Pharmacists to Prescribe Hormonal Birth Control

Michigan lawmakers are considering a pair of bills aimed at improving access to hormonal birth control. HB 5436 would allow pharmacists to prescribe such contraceptives and HB 5435 would require health insurers to cover those prescriptions. The legislation is supported by the Michigan Pharmacists Association, which helped the measures’ authors, Rep. Kara Hope (D) and Stephanie Young (D) draft the proposals. (CBS NEWS, MICHIGAN PHARMACISTS ASSOCIATION, LEXISNEXIS STATE NET)

—Compiled by SNCJ Managing Editor KOREY CLARK

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