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Week 5 Overview
The Indiana General Assembly has completed the first month of the "long" legislative session and is nearing the half-way point. There there was a lot of activity during the fifth week of session and 80% of the Governor's Agenda has moved through the committee process. All that remains is the Budget which is the only required action the Assembly must take before they adjourn on April 29. There are several key pieces of legislation important to LeadingAge Indiana moving towards the second house to continue the process.
General Session Information
What does it mean for you: 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.
What does it mean for you: This bill will prohibit the administration from adding long term care services.
SBV625 passed the Senate Health Provider and Services Committee and was recommitteed to Appropriations.
SB 436 Nurse licensure compact authored by Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington 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.
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.