UPDATE: DHH cancels hearing on new abortion laws; other items still on agenda
POSTED: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 9:55am
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 9:56am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — UPDATE: The Department of Health and Hospitals will not be discussing new rules for abortion clinics, as previously planned.
The DHH originally planned to include the issue on the agenda for their Feb. 4, hearing. However, representatives said they decided to remove it from the agenda due to problems with the wording of the proposed rule changes that were included in the notice of intent.
They plan to revise the language about the licensure of outpatient abortion facilities and issue a new set of proposed rules.
The public hearing will still be held for the following notices of intent:
- Home and Community-Based Services Waivers - Children's Choice - Allocation of Waiver Opportunities
- Home and Community-Based Services Waivers - Children's Choice - Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Extension
- Inpatient Hospital Services - Small Rural Hospitals - Low Income and Needy Care Collaboration
- Outpatient Hospital Services - Small Rural Hospitals - Low Income and Needy Care Collaboration
- Professional Services Program - Reimbursement Methodology - Supplemental Payments
- Nursing Facilities - Cost Reports and Specialized Care Reimbursement
- State Children's Health Insurance Program - Prenatal Care Services
ORIGINAL: Abortion rights advocates say the state of Louisiana is working to make it harder for women to have safe legal abortions, but some anti-abortion advocates say, the proposed changes don’t do enough.
One of the proposed changes would require women to have blood tests done 30-days prior to having an abortion.
We’ll continue to track this story – and we’ll be at the meting tomorrow to bring you the newest information.