Legislative Events and Updates

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Legislative Updates:

June 2019

This past legislative session was very busy, and we made a lot of progress!
Thanks to everybody who helped, but a special thank you to Dr. Jeffrey Goldberg, our legislative chair, as well as to the Rotunda lobbyist group.
1) Certified professional midwives (CPM) bill
A regulatory process is now in place to determine what CPMs in the state of KY are allowed to do and when they have to transfer care (e.g. high risk pregnancies) or seek consultation with an OB/GYN, as well as what lay midwifes have to do in order to be certified. It will be illegal for any lay midwife to practice without certification in the state of KY after the new regulations go into effect.
2) Pregnant Workers Act.
This new law requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees for pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, unless doing so would create an undue hardship for the employer.
3) Expedited partner therapy (EPT).
EPT is now allowed in the state of KY. That leaves only one state, South Carolina, to not allow EPT yet.
4) Genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes
Genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes must be covered by commercial health benefit plans in KY, with no out of pocket expense, if criteria promulgated by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network are met. In the future, the state insurance commissioner may expand the criteria for coverage criteria to include updated guidelines promulgated by other national medical societies. The law takes effect on Jan 1, 2020.

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