New legal guidelines will take impact in Kentucky, Indiana in 2021

A major change in law in requires a woman to have an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With the beginning of a new year, new laws come into effect in both Kentucky and Indiana.

First, let’s take a look at the new laws in Indiana that are in effect now.

Starting January 1, women must have an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion.

This law dates back to 2016 when it first came into force. Planned parenting filed a lawsuit saying it was unconstitutional and inappropriately encumbered a woman’s right to abortion. The lawsuit also said the increased use of ultrasound machines would cause delays in clinics.

Enforcement of this law has been postponed until this year in an agreement between the and Planned Parenthood. Planned parenting would drop the lawsuit in order to have more time to train clinic staff in the use of ultrasound machines.

RELATED: Indiana law requiring ultrasound before abortion goes into effect January 1

Smoking prohibited under the age of 21

No one under the age of 21 can own or buy a cigarette, e-cigarette, or vaping product.

Retailers selling to anyone under the age of 21 will also face double penalties under the new law.

No prescription for insulin

Getting insulin will be easier for people in Indiana when they go to the pharmacy. A prescription is no longer required to get insulin.

Health price transparency

Health prices will soon become more transparent.

Hospitals, same day surgery centers, and emergency clinics are required to post the cost of their most frequently used services on their websites. The pricing must be available by the end of March.

If you have unrecovered medical debt and need to go to small claims court, Indiana has increased the claim limit from $ 6,000 to $ 8,000.

Indiana insurers need to increase colorectal cancer screening coverage from 50 to 45. The law will help doctors identify and treat potential problems sooner.

Kentucky only has one law that went into effect January 1st.

Starting this year, the savings and credit associations in the Commonwealth are changing. S and L are taxed in the bluegrass similar to other financial institutions.

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