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The Shreveport Times | Editorial: Jindal executive order a good call

(12/15/2014) We don’t usually see eye-to-eye with most of the actions of Gov. Bobby Jindal (i.e. Common Core, Medicaid expansion, raiding funds to balance the budget, etc.) but we must say we were impressed last week when he issued an executive order directing the Crime Victim’s Reparation Board to pay hospitals, health centers and doctor’s offices for sexual assault victims’ medical exams. The goal is to keep these victims from being assaulted once more with bills that can often total in the thousands of dollars. [ . . . ]

Currently 32 states pay for sexual assault forensic exams through a victim’s compensation program. Thirty-eight states prohibit health care providers from charging victims for the exams, according to Washington-based AEquitas: The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women. The Louisiana Crime Victim’s Reparation Board gets its money from a fine levied in criminal court cases.

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