3 ON JANUARY FIRSTA HANDFUL OF NEW STATE LAWS áTAKE EFFECTáNEWS 8'S JACQUIE SLATERIS IN NEWS 8 CONTROL TONIGHTWITH A LOOK AT WHAT THOSE LAWSCOULD MEAN FOR áYOUáHI JACQUIE HI JACQUIE áYOUá

COULD MEAN FOR áYOUáHI JACQUIE 3 NEW LAWS FOR 2018 MEAN BIG CHANGES FOR HEALTH INSURERS AND TAX PAYERSSTATE LAWMAKERS SAY THEY HAVE RESIDENT'S BEST INTEREST AT HEART BUT ONE MIGHT NEED A LITTLE TWEAKING DOZENS OF NEW LAWS SET TO GO INTO EFFECT ON JANUARY FIRSTAMONG THEM TWO BIG CHANGES FOR HEALTH INSURERS

THE FIRST A BIG STEP IN COMBATTING THE STATE'S GROWING OPIOID CRISISALL HEALTH INSURERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO COVER COSTS RELATED TO TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION

STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER MATT RITTER SAYS THE CRISIS REMAINS A CRITICAL FOCUS FOR LAWMAKERS MATT RITTER – STATE REP AND HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER3:54MANY INSURERS HAVE COVERED IT BUT THERE WERE SOME GAPS THAT WE FOUND AND ONE OF THE KEYS TO TREATMENT FOR ANYONE THAT IS AN ADDICT OR IS ABUSING OPIOIDS IS NOT JUST PUTTING THEM IN AN EMERGENCY ROOM AND RELEASING THEM BUT ALLOWING FOR LONG TERM ACCESS TO TREATMENT, ALTERNATIVE CARE, ALTERNATIVE THERAPIESIN FERTILITY HEALTH A CAHNGE TO HELP WOMEN WHO BATTLE CANCER GET INFERTILITY TREATMENTS

THOSE TREATMENTS USED TO BE FOR WOMEN WITH A QUOTE, "PRESUMABLY HEALTHY" STATUSTHAT WORDING HAS BEEN REMOVED EXTENDING INFERTILITY COVERAGE UNDER CERTAIN INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP INSURANCE POLICIES

NEXT UP NEW REGULATIONS THAT BAN THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION FROM PUTTING ANYONE UNDER 18 YEARS OLD IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT SOME WHO TESTIFIED IN FAVOR OF THE CHANGE CALLING IT QUOTE "PSYCHOLOGICAL TORTURE"AND FINALLY

A LAW THAT HAS SOME RETIREES CONCERNED THEY COULD BE PAYING HIGHER TAXES ON PENSION PAYMENTSIN YEARS PAST THOSE PEOPLE COULD OPT TO HAVE INCOME TAXES TAKEN OUT OF EACH CHECK OR PAY UP AT THE END OF THE YEARNOW, THEY MUST HAVE THOSE TAXES WITHEHLD OR PAY A HIGHER FEE

3:23IT WOULDN'T BE THE FIRST TIME THAT SOMETHING WENT INTO LAW AND THERE WERE ERRORS THAT WE SORT OF SAID THERE'S SOME RETROACTIVE ABILITY TO CHANGE THINGS IF ANYONE MADE MISTAKES OR MADE OVERPAYMENTS OR THINGS LIKE THATRITTER SAYS LEGISLATORS WILL SEE HOW THIS PLAYS OUT IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS AND MAKE ADJUSTMENTS IF NECESSARY

ANOTHER NEW REGULATION TO HELP LOWER OPIOID ADDICTION RATES STARTING ON THE FIRST ALL PRESCRIPTIONS FOR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES MUST BE SUBMITTED TO PHARMACIES ELECTRONICALLY THAT MEANS NO MORE HAND WRITTEN ONES AND IT AIMS TO CUT DOWN ON PRESCRIPTION FRAUD

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