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Plans Must Cover Midwife Services

On June 11, 2021, Gov. Edwards signed HB 190 into law. The law requires health coverage plans delivered or issued for delivery in the state that provide benefits for maternity services to include coverage for healthcare services provided by a midwife. Plans may not differentiate between services performed by midwives within their lawful scope of practice and those performed by physicians with respect to copayment or annual deductible amounts or coinsurance percentages.

The law will be effective for all new health plans issued on or after January 1, 2022, and existing plans are required to conform by January 1, 2023.

Employers with plans regulated by the state should be aware of this development.

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