Tuesday, January 3, 2023 | Kaiser Health News

The New Year Brings New Health Laws: Abortion, Drugs, Medical Costs

Medical bills, mental health reports, abortion access, prescription drug costs, drug use and more will be affected by state health laws that went into effect on January 1.

CNN: New Laws in 2023: From minimum wage increases to recreational marijuana, here’s what’s going into effect

Five states (Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota, and South Dakota) put recreational marijuana on the ballot in the November midterm elections, and voters in Maryland and Missouri approved personal use for those 21 and older. While legalization has gone into effect in Missouri with an amendment to the state constitution, Maryland’s law goes into effect on July 1. (Yer, 1/1)

More details on the new state laws related to health care:

The New York Times: Legal Use of Magic Mushrooms Begins in Oregon

On January 1, Oregon became the first state in the nation to legalize the use of psilocybin in adults, a natural psychedelic that has shown great promise for the treatment of severe depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety by end of life among terminally ill patients. sick, among other mental health conditions. (Jacobs, 1/3)

St. Louis Public Radio: New Law Bans Latex Gloves in Illinois Restaurants

Metro East food service providers are now prohibited from wearing latex gloves as a new state law takes effect. The Illinois General Assembly passed the Latex Glove Ban Act this year, which Governor JB Pritzker signed into law in June. The goal of the new law is to protect workers and customers who may be allergic to latex. Starting in 2024, the latex ban will also apply to healthcare settings, many of which have already made the switch. (Bauer, 1/3)

AP: Mental health reporting requirements among new Georgia laws

Health insurance companies must begin reporting to the state Department of Insurance how they provide mental health coverage for children, adolescents, and adults under House Bill 1013, a statewide effort to make sure insurers comply with federal law that requires them to cover mental health care in the same way. pay for physical health care. (Amy, 12/29)

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