Governor Jindal is calling the legislative session that wrapped up earlier this week the most significant one in his time in office.
Nearly 600 bills have been signed into law, with more awaiting the governor's signature. Out of the hundreds of bills signed this session, dozens relate to health and are now law - after passing through the house, senate and getting the signature from Gov. Jindal.
Two of the most talked about new laws protect the unborn. Senate Bill 708 requires doctors to ask women if they want to hear the fetal heartbeat and see an image during a sonogram before an abortion. Those sonograms must be done 24 hours before the procedure, rather than the current two hours. Rep. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge, said, "I have witnessed where a lot of people have experienced bad outcomes when they have chosen to have abortions. So I think giving them the opportunity to be able to hear the heartbeat, be able to see whether or not this is something they really want to carry forth with is a great thing."
Senate Bill 330 was also signed into law, making it a crime for anyone other than licensed physicians to conduct abortions.
It is a huge victory for parents of autistic children. The governor signed House Bill 771 that expands mandatory insurance coverage for autistic children from 16 to 21. Rep. Franklin Foil, R-Baton Rouge, said, "It's insurance for more children and more children get the services they need at an early age and that gets results."
Another insurance-related new law will affect you if you take oral medications to treat your cancer. House Bill 693 was signed, mandating coverage of these medications and cutting down on out-of-pocket costs.
Here's a look at some of the other health-related new laws:
HB 172 by Rep. Dixon relates to the sedation of dental patients in the Dental Practice Act.
HB 326 by Rep. Willmott relates to minors suffering from mental illness or substance abuse.
HB 349 by Rep. Dixon relates to the Dental Practice Act.
HB 952 by Rep. Brossett establishes the Mental and Behavioral Health Services Preservation Act.
HB 1113 by Rep. Johnson relates to the La. Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners.
HB 80 by Rep. T. Burns prohibits smoking in psychiatric facilities of the Department of Health and Hospitals.
HB 639 by Rep. Patrick Williams relates to dentists and dental hygienists suffering from mental illness, physical deficiencies, or substance abuse.
HB 693 by Rep. Cromer relates to orally administered anti-cancer medications.
HB 761 by Rep. Honore relates to nutrition programs at LSU and Southern University laboratory schools.
HB 846 by Rep. Simon establishes principles for the state mental health system.
HB 867 by Rep. Ortego relates to a pilot program for school-based health and wellness centers.
HB 1025 by Rep. Pope relates to the allied practitioner health program.
HB 67 by Rep. Fannin relates to group insurance premiums for retired sheriffs and deputy sheriffs of the Winn Parish Sheriff's Office.
HB 156 by Rep. Simon relates to educational services within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
HB 352 by Rep. Burford relates to group insurance premiums for retired sheriffs and deputy sheriffs in DeSoto Parish.
HB 545 by Rep. Pearson relates to hospital service districts.
HB 591 by Rep. Schroder relates to the Traumatic Head and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund Advisory Board.
HB 1088 by Rep. Henry relates to a school health program to reduce childhood obesity.
HB 759 by Rep. N. Landry creates the crime of female genital mutilation.
HB 771 by Rep. Foil relates to the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders
HB 1199 by Rep. K. Jackson relates to the labeling of organic food.
HB 650 by Rep. Williams creates an individual income tax return check-off for donations to the establishment and operation of a Center of Excellence for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
HB 8 by Rep. Simon relates to equal access to governmental and public facilities for the disabled community.
HB 24 by Rep. H. Burns relates to the payment of group insurance premiums for retired sheriffs and employees of the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office.
HB 108 by Rep. Hoffmann relates to the membership of the Louisiana Health Works Commission.
HB 150 by Rep. Ritchie clarifies the minimum capital and surplus requirements for health maintenance organizations.
HB 564 by Rep. Johnson relates to long-term care insurance claims.
HB 110 by Rep. Champagne changes the name in statute of "bang's disease" to "brucellosis disease".
SB 14 by Sen. Guillory relates to retirement and disability benefits for the Registrars of Voters Employees' Retirement System.
SB 111 by Sen. Johns relates to the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy and the Office of Financial Institutions.
SB 176 by Sen. Buffington relates to "do not resuscitate" and similar orders.
SB 631 by Sen. Long relates to the Louisiana Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
SB 61 by Sen. Mills authorizes the Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals to issue stop order rules on certain dangerous substances.
SB 112 by Sen. Johns relates to prescription monitoring program information.
SB 130 by Sen. Crowe relates to the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law.
SB 214 by Sen. Mills relates to certain qualifications and notifications by individuals engaging in the practice of pharmacy in Louisiana.
SB 218 by Sen. Johns relates to the renewal of pharmacist licenses and technician certifications for individuals serving in active duty in the military service.
SB 235 by Sen. Mills relates to revenues for health care purposes.
SB 87 by Sen. Buffington re-creates the Department of Health and Hospitals.
SB 115 by Sen. Mills provides for immediate suspension of a license for a freestanding inpatient psychiatric hospital.
SB 195 by Sen. Mills relates to the list of Schedule I controlled dangerous substances.
SB 196 by Sen. Mills adds Ezogabine as a Schedule V controlled dangerous substance.
SB 145 by Sen. Mills relates to Department of Health and Hospitals.
SB 367 by Sen. Riser relates to medical examinations in workers' compensation cases.
SB 109 by Sen. Morrell relates to fees set by the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.
SB 110 by Sen. Morrell relates to sanctions created by the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.
SB 117 by Sen. Morrell prohibits the acceptance of nutritional assistance benefits as payment for alcohol and tobacco products.