A Win in Louisiana: Health Insurance Coverage required for Lactation Support Provided by CLCs and others

Posted : 06/25/24 in In the News

A Win in Louisiana: Health Insurance Coverage required for Lactation Support Provided by CLCs and others
Ellie Mulpeter
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The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice is proud to report that the Governor of Louisiana just signed Act 762 into law. This law requires insurance companies to cover pregnancy-related and postpartum healthcare services. Any health coverage plan delivered in the state that provides benefits for maternity services shall include coverage for services provided by a qualified lactation care provider.

The Act then goes on to define qualified lactation care providers as folks who are certified as a Certified Lactation Counselor through ALPP, certified lactation educator through CAPPA, breastfeeding counselor, lactation consultant through IBLCE, certified breastfeeding specialist or another recognized certification from a program that holds nationally-recognized accreditation.

As noted in the language of the bill, “Louisiana has one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the United States and has a compelling interest and obligation to promote practices that improve maternal and infant health outcomes.” ALPP applauds the efforts of Senator Royce Duplessis as the primary sponsor, and all supporting sponsors of this effort. ALPP's Director, Ellie Mulpeter, had the pleasure of working with the Senator on this meaningful legislation.

These provisions shall apply to any new policy, contract, program, or health coverage plan issued on and after January 1, 2026. To read the full version of Act 762, signed by the Governor, please follow this link: https://legis.la.gov/Legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1382652