New laws in 2021 deal with insurance coverage, lawyer advertising, juror compensation

Here’s what you need to know about some of the new laws that went into effect on Jan. 1 in the state of Louisiana.

Act 152- Requires state insurance to cover acupuncture treatments for about 218,000 current and former state employees.

Act 161- Frees political candidates who are running for office from being required to record social security numbers of contributors giving less than $25.

Act 222- Requires all health plans to cover medically necessary drugs prescribed for cancer patients.

Act 237- Increases juror compensation from $25 to $50 per day of attendance and mileage rates from 16 cents to what state officials get paid (58 cents per mile).

Act 223- Requires driver education courses to cover handicapped accessible parking spaces and tests that drivers have said knowledge to obtain a driver’s license.

Act 37- Lowers the jury threshold (the need to have a jury decide rather than a judge) from $50,000 to $10,000 for a case. This law also sets rules for demanding a jury trial:

Requires a cash bond for the party requesting one

Forbids mentioning a defendant driver’s insurance company/policy (except at the beginning/end of the trial).

Act 231- Requires lawyer advertising that includes boasts from clients about how much they received from car wreck litigation to also include how much was paid in attorney fees.

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