Louisiana House votes to prohibit hospitals from charging rape victims for their medical exams


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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — The Louisiana House unanimously agreed to ban hospitals from billing rape victims for their medical exams.

The proposal by Rep. Helena Moreno, a New Orleans Democrat, would allow health care providers to submit a claim for payment to a victim's insurance company. But the insurer couldn't require a victim to pay a deductible, co-pay or other share of the costs.

The hospital could bill remaining expenses not covered by insurance to a state crime victim's board. A separate measure would tap into unclaimed gambling winnings to reimburse the board for the costs.

Lawmakers in the House sent the measure to the Senate for consideration with a 95-0 vote Wednesday. The bill is part of a larger package aimed at improving treatment for sexual assault victims.

House Bill 835: http://www.legis.la.gov

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