In June 2023 Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed into law a new bill aimed at broadening Medicaid coverage for chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR T) therapy. The bill, which has been in effect since August 2023, was initially introduced by state Representative Aimee Adatto Freeman. Its passage represents a pivotal step in Louisiana’s commitment to enhancing health care options for individuals with cancer.
The bill was included in Part VII of Chapter 5-E of Title 40 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes. It delves into the specifics of extending Medicaid coverage for CAR T-cell therapy, an innovative treatment that harnesses the body's immune system to combat specific cancer cells.
The legislation outlines several key components:
By paving the way for expanded coverage of CAR T-cell therapy, lawmakers aim to provide hope and cutting-edge treatment options for patients with cancer across Louisiana and can serve as a model for other states in expanding access to innovative treatments.