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Indiana General Assembly Update 1/22/19

Wednesday, January 23, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jo Formal
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Here is a condensed list of bills that are under active consideration:

HB 1555/SB 480 Medicaid Non-Emergent Medical Transportation
Author: Rep. Mike Karickhoff, R-Kokomo; Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville
LeadingAge Indiana Position:  Support
Description: Sets forth requirements for brokers of nonemergency medical transportation under the Medicaid fee-for-service program. Establishes the nonemergency medical transportation commission (commission) and sets forth duties of the commission. Requires the office of the secretary of family and social services to prepare before July 31, 2019, a report concerning nonemergency medical transportation Medicaid claims and submit the report to the commission.
What does this mean for you?  It sets forth the opportunity to share with the lawmakers through the legislative process the difficulties experienced when scheduling rides for residents with Southeastrans.  This is the first legislative attempt to identify and publish information regarding the currently contracted transportation broker Southeastrans including any complaint filed against the broker.  It establishes a commission for the purposes of overseeing the Medicaid program.

Call to Action:  Please contact your state representative and share your concerns about the current Southeastrans program.  Click here for information on how to find your legislator.
SB 625/HB 1117 Medicaid Managed Care in Long Term Care

Author: Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville/Rep. Mike Karickhoff, R-Kokomo
LeadingAge Position:  Support
Description:  Extends
the prohibition on the office of Medicaid policy and planning from including certain Medicaid recipients who receive nursing facility services in a Medicaid risk based managed care program or a capitated managed care program through December 31, 2021. Includes Medicaid recipients who participate in certain waivers or reside in an intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities setting in the prohibition of being placed into a risk based managed care program or capitated managed care program.
What does it mean for you?  This bill will prohibit the administration from adding long term care services 
SB 188 Nursing Faculty loan repayment grant program

Author: Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville
LeadingAge Indiana Position: Support
Description:  Establishes the nursing faculty loan repayment grant program (program) to increase the number of nursing faculty in Indiana. Requires the commission for higher education to administer the program. Establishes the nursing faculty loan repayment grant fund. Sets forth requirements for an individual to participate in the program.
What does it mean for you?  Indiana suffers from a lack of nurses willing to train future nurses and this program is established for the purpose of increasing the number of educators and adjunct clinical faculty teaching in the field of nursing by assisting in the repayment of qualified student loans.
SB 436 Nurse licensure compact
Author(s): Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington
LeadingAge Indiana Position: Support
Description:  Specifies requirements for participation by the state in a multistate nurse licensure compact, including provisions concerning: (1) nurse qualifications, practice, and participation; (2) a compact commission; (3) interstate commission and state board of nursing authority and rulemaking; (4) a coordinated licensure information system; (5) oversight and enforcement; and (6) termination or withdrawal from the compact.
What does it mean for you?  This allows nurses to obtain licensure in one state and practice under that license in other states participating in the compact without having to complete the full licensure application/approval process speeding up the time and availability of nurses to begin their practice. 
SB 343/394 Advance Practice Registered Nurses

Author(s): Sen. J.D. Ford/Sen. Ed Charbonneau
LeadingAge Indiana Position: Support
Description:  Provides that an advanced practice registered nurse with prescriptive authority and who has operated under a practice agreement with a practitioner for at least one year may operate without a practice agreement if certain conditions are met. Amends the hospital governing board requirements for the manner in which an advanced practice registered nurse who operates in the hospital will interact with other practitioners
What does it mean for you? With the workforce issues revolving around the nursing profession and access to care issues especially in Rural Indiana, this change in the relationship between a physician and an advanced practice registered nurse regarding their prescribing practices could improve conditions in long term care provided in Indiana.

HB 1071 Quality Assessment Fee Renewal

 Author: Rep. David Frizzell, R-Indianapolis

LeadingAge Indiana Position: Support

Description: Extends the health facility quality assessment fee until June 30, 2023 (current law expires the fee June 30, 2019).

What does it mean for you? This would continue operations as normal for collection of the quality assessment fee.   Indiana uses the quality assessment fee to stabilize Medicaid rates to nursing homes and more adequately fund quality, long term care services for seniors and individuals with disabilities. A recent budget

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