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Bill Watch, March 4, 2014: Current Health Care Legislation of Note - Health Care and Life Sciences News

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Posted on: Mar 6, 2014

The IndyBar Legislative Committee is currently monitoring the following health care related legislation. IndyBar members can request that the Legislative Committee track specific legislation by contacting committee chair Mindy Westrick at mindy.westrick@faegrebd.com.

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HB1190 TREATMENT OF MISCARRIED REMAINS (SLAGER H)
Provides that, beginning October 1, 2014, the parent or parents of a fetus miscarried in a health care facility may determine the final disposition of the remains of the miscarried fetus. Requires a health care facility to provide certain information to the parent or parents of a miscarried fetus.

Current Status: 3/4/2014 - Concurrences Eligible for Action

SB235 MENTAL HEALTH PILOT PROJECT (YOUNG R)
Requires community corrections programs to use evidence based services, programs, and practices that reduce the risk for recidivism. Permits the community corrections board to coordinate or operate certain programs. Establishes standards for the award of certain grants by the department of correction, and requires the department of correction to consult with the judicial conference and the division of mental health and addiction before awarding grants. Defines "mental health and addiction forensic treatment services", establishes eligibility and treatment criteria, and creates the mental health and addiction forensic treatment services account to fund mental health and addiction forensic treatment services. Requires the judicial conference to discuss with the department of correction and the division of mental health and addiction before awarding financial assistance, and requires any person providing mental health and substance use treatment services be certified by the division of mental health and addiction. Provides that the department of correction may provide financial assistance to community corrections programs from the mental health and addiction forensic treatment services account. Allows for the establishment of a three year pilot project in Marion County to reduce recidivism by providing mental health and forensic treatment services. Extends Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits for individuals participating in the Marion County mental health pilot project. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the criminal law and sentencing policy study committee.)

Current Status: 3/4/2014 - Concurrences Eligible for Action

SB406 HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES MATTERS (MISHLER R)
Makes certain procedural changes to the false claims act and Medicaid false claims act to remove inconsistencies and comply with federal law. Requires the office of the secretary of family and social services to provide reports of a child's vision impairment diagnosis with the state department of health for inclusion in the birth problems registry. Beginning January 1, 2015, changes asset limitations within the community and home options to institutional care for the elderly and disabled program (program) from $500,000 to $250,000 and specifies certain exemptions. Beginning January 1, 2015, requires annual adjustment of the asset limitation using the federal Consumer Price Index. Beginning January 1, 2015, allows a participant who is unable to perform at least one activity to participate in the program under specified circumstances. Requires the division of aging (division) and the area agencies on aging to jointly establish specified procedures. Beginning January 1, 2015, allows the division to: (1) annually redetermine program eligibility; and (2) place a lien to recoup the cost of program services that exceed $20,000. Requires the division to exclude $20,000 of countable assets in determining cost participation for the program. Designates the office of the secretary of family and social services as the single state agency for the administration of the Medicaid program and removes the designation from the office of Medicaid policy and planning. Repeals the law concerning the health care facility advisory council. Transfers certain duties of the council to the state department of health. Changes the amount of time from four years after birth to twelve months after birth that a birth certificate presented for filing is considered a delayed certificate of birth. Requires a diagnosis of autism at any age to be reported to the birth problems registry. (Current law provides for the reporting of an autism diagnosis made before a child's fifth birthday). Allows not more than 50% of the monies in the spinal cord and brain injury fund to be used to develop a statewide trauma system. Adds insulin to the definition of "legend drug". Provides that insulin may be sold for retail sale by a pharmacy only to an individual who possesses a prescription from certain practitioners. Requires, before September 1, 2014, the state department of health to: (1) adopt rules concerning the regulation of facilities for treatment of traumatic brain injuries; and (2) make recommendations to the legislative council and health finance commission concerning food handling law changes.

Current Status: 3/3/2014 - Returned to the Senate with amendments

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