Louisiana Senate Upvotes Ventilator Protections

A unanimous vote approves legislation that prevents insurers, MCOs and other payers from capping reimbursement for ventilators.

Louisiana’s State Senate voted unanimously to approve H.B. 594, legislation to prevent payers such as private pay insurance and managed care organizations from capping reimbursement for ventilators.

The Senate passage follows an 84-14 vote in the state’s House of Representatives, which upvoted the measure, which requires insurers, MCOs and other payers to reimburse ventilators on a continuous monthly rental basis without capping payments at the devices’ purchase price.

The bill now goes to Louisana’s Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) to be signed into law. If opposed, Edwards has 20 days after receipt to veto H.B. 594.

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David Kopf is the Publisher and Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazines. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.

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