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Ultrasound Bill Passes Kentucky Senate, Requires Verbal Description of Images

From the Legislative Research Commission:

Ultrasound bill clears Senate

The Kentucky Senate passed a bill today that would change the informed consent process required prior to abortion procedures.

Senate Bill 8, sponsored by Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, would add an ultrasound to the informed consent requirement for abortions performed in Kentucky.  The bill would require physicians to verbally describe the ultrasound images.  The woman could choose not to look at the images.

“This is about informed consent.  It is about being informed before making a procedure decision,” Westerfield said.


The bill was approved 33-5 and will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Missed appointment bill passes committee

A bill that seeks to create a missed appointment fee pilot program for Medicaid patients was approved today by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

Senate Bill 52, sponsored by Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville, would require the state to seek a waiver from Medicaid to start a pilot program in Jefferson, Letcher and Pike counties permitting health care providers to charge a $10 missed appointment fee.

“The biggest complaint that providers have and the biggest reason they drop out of Medicaid is because of the high no-show rate amongst that population of patient,” Denton said.

The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

Photo: Kentucky State Capitol