Louisiana Gov. Issues Executive Order To Better Protect Rape Survivors

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal last night issued an executive order demanding better protection for survivors of sexual assault. This comes after the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals unveiled a plan to prohibit hospitals from billing sexual assault victims for medical exams and care related to the assault.

These actions were the result of a Times-Picayune investigation finding that some rape survivors were being charged thousands of dollars by hospitals for their forensic exams and treatment. The Department of Health proposal would also eliminate a current requirement that survivors file a police report in order to be eligible for their medical bills to be covered.

Reporter Rebecca Catalanello tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson about her investigation and the changes proposed.


This segment aired on October 21, 2014.


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