IHA Members
Prepared by: Julie Halbig
Report created on February 21, 2018
 
HB1001STATE BIENNIAL BUDGET. (BROWN T) Appropriates money for capital expenditures, the operation of the state, K-12 and higher education, the delivery of Medicaid and other services, and various other distributions and purposes. Provides for bonding authority for capital projects for higher education institutions. Terminates the legislative evaluation and oversight program. Replaces the statutory appropriation from the counter cyclical and revenue stabilization fund to the state general fund based on the budget report with a limited discretionary transfer determined by the budget director and approved by the governor. Requires the attorney general to include certain language concerning settlement funds in proposed court order language. Establishes the agency settlement fund for purposes of receiving certain funds paid to the state as part of a settlement or similar agreement. Permits money held in a trust fund for other post-employment benefits (other than pension) to be invested in the same manner as money may be invested by the public employees' retirement fund or any other public pension or employee retirement fund administered by the board of trustees of the Indiana public retirement system. Establishes the teachers' defined contribution plan (plan) as an account within the Indiana state teachers' retirement fund (fund). Provides that an individual who begins employment with a school corporation in a covered position that would otherwise be eligible for membership in the fund may elect to become a member of the plan. Provides that an individual who does not elect to become a member of the plan becomes a member of the fund. Requires the board of trustees of the Indiana public retirement system (board) to establish, subject to any approval from the Internal Revenue Service that the board considers necessary or desirable, alternative investment programs within the annuity savings account as the initial alternative investment programs for the plan. Provides that, if the board considers it necessary or appropriate, the board may establish different or additional alternative investment programs for the plan, except that the board shall maintain the stable value fund. Provides that each member's contribution to the plan is 3% of the member's compensation and requires the employer to pay the member's contribution on behalf of the member. Allows a member to make additional contributions to the plan up to 10% of the member's compensation. Provides that the employer's contribution rate for the plan is equal to the employer's contribution rate for the fund as determined by the board, although the amount credited from the employer's contribution rate to the member's account may not be greater than the normal cost of the fund, and any amount not credited to the member's account is applied to the unfunded accrued liability of the fund. Provides that an employer's minimum contribution to the plan is 3% of the compensation of all members of the plan. Provides that member contributions and net earnings on the member contributions belong to the member at all times and do not belong to the employer. Provides that a member vests in the employer contribution subaccount at 20% per year with full vesting after five years of participation. Provides that, if a member separates from service with an employer before the member is fully vested in the employer contribution subaccount, the amount in the subaccount that is not vested is: (1) transferred to the member's new employer, if the new employer participates in the plan; or (2) held in the member's employer contribution subaccount until forfeited. Provides that a member who: (1) terminates service in a covered position; and (2) does not perform any service in a covered position for at least 30 days after the date on which the member terminates service; is entitled to withdraw vested amounts in the member's account. Provides that a member may elect to have withdrawals paid as: (1) a lump sum; (2) a direct rollover to another eligible retirement plan; or (3) if the member is at least 62 years of age with at least five years of participation in the plan, a monthly annuity in accordance with the rules of the board. Provides that, on the plan's effective date, school corporations become participants in the plan. Provides that the board shall provide education to employers and members regarding retirement benefit options of all applicable pension and retirement funds that the board administers. Establishes the next level Indiana trust and trust fund. Provides that the trust proceeds of the next generation trust shall be transferred to the next level Indiana trust and trust fund and that the next generation trust shall cease upon completion of the transfer. Provides that the proceeds transferred to the next level Indiana trust fund shall be used exclusively for the provision of highways, roads, and bridges. Requires the board of trustees (board) of the Indiana public employees' retirement system, after December 31, 2017, to establish and maintain the next level Indiana innovation and entrepreneurial fund (fund) as an annuity savings account investment option for members of the public employees' retirement fund (PERF) and the Indiana state teachers' retirement fund (TRF). Requires the deferred compensation committee (committee), after December 31, 2017, to establish and maintain the fund as an investment option in the state employees' deferred compensation plan. Requires the board and the committee to consult with the board of trustees of the next level Indiana trust fund to establish the fund's investment objectives and policies. Limits initial transfers into the fund to 20% of the balance in a fund member's or state employee's account. Limits annual contributions to the fund to 20% of a member's or an employee's total contributions for that year. Provides that, if a member or employee contributes not less than the amount the member or employee initially designated to the fund for at least 36 consecutive months and maintains in the fund the amounts transferred and contributed during that period, the state shall contribute on the member's or employee's behalf to the fund as a match 10% of the total amount contributed by the member or employee or on the member's or employee's behalf to the fund during that 36 month period. Provides that for each additional 12 consecutive months that a member or an employee contributes not less than the member or employee initially designated to the fund and maintains in the fund the amounts transferred and contributed that period, the state shall contribute on the member's or employee's behalf to the fund as a match 10% of the total amount contributed by the member or employee or on the member's or employee's behalf to the fund during that 12 month period. Provides that, for purposes of determining the amount of the state's match, the total amount contributed by the member or employee or on the member's or employee's behalf excludes the amount of any state match. Provides that, in the case of a group insurance plan established by the state police department, conservation officers of the department of natural resources, and the state excise police (state law enforcement agencies), any proposed modification to change the benefits under the plan may not be made unless the modification is approved by the budget agency. Provides that, on or before July 1 of each year, state law enforcement agencies must submit to the budget agency the current pla
 Current Status:   4/27/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1006MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS. (KIRCHHOFER C) Requires the secretary of family and social services to provide that residences for residential care and supported housing for chronic addiction that receive reimbursement when used as a recovery residence to be certified and meet standards determined by the division of mental health addiction through administrative rules. Adds, subject to the approval of the Indiana commission to combat drug abuse (commission), an individual who is: (1) less than 18 years of age; and (2) a defendant whose case is either waived from juvenile court to adult court or directly filed in adult court; to the individuals who may be eligible for mental health and addiction forensic treatment services. Provides that a child welfare program may be established for the purpose of providing child welfare substance abuse treatment services for families and children who have an open child welfare or delinquency case with the juvenile court. Requires that information and training concerning child welfare substance abuse treatment services be provided to certain judges, department of child services employees, and public defenders. Includes neonatal abstinence syndrome as a factor for a child to be determined a child in need of services. Urges the legislative council to assign to the interim study committee on corrections and criminal code the topic of extending mental health and addiction forensic treatment services to individuals in the criminal justice system: (1) who: (A) are charged with a misdemeanor offense; or (B) have a prior misdemeanor conviction; and (2) who have been placed in or are eligible for placement in a pretrial services program, a community corrections program, a prosecuting attorney's diversion program, or jail. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the interim study committee on public health, behavioral health, and human services).
 Current Status:   4/28/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1019CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. (ELLINGTON J) Adds the substance U-47700 to Schedule I. Adds Etizolam to Schedule I. Adds the chemical description of buphedrone.
 Current Status:   3/29/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1104ADULTERANT AND SYNTHETIC URINE BAN. (BEUMER G) Defines "adulterant" and "synthetic urine". Provides distributing synthetic urine or an adulterant with the intent to assist a person in defrauding a drug screen is a misdemeanor.
 Current Status:   4/24/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1122CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS MANAGEMENT SERVICES. (WESCO T) Provides confidentiality protection to communications that emergency responders make to critical incident stress management personnel or records that are generated by critical incident stress management personnel after providing critical incident stress management services to emergency responders following a critical incident. Provides that critical incident stress management personnel are immune from liability for any acts, errors, or omissions committed in providing critical incident stress management services to emergency responders, unless the act, error, or omission constitutes wanton, willful, or intentional misconduct.
 Current Status:   4/24/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1145STROKE PROTOCOLS FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL. (ZENT D) Requires the emergency medical services commission to: (1) adopt rules concerning protocols for the identification, transport, and treatment of stroke patients by personnel providing emergency medical services; and (2) adopt and distribute a nationally recognized stroke assessment tool to personnel providing emergency medical services. Requires the Indiana state department of health (department) to compile and maintain a list of: (1) certain certified stoke centers and hospitals; and (2) Indiana network participating hospitals. Requires certified hospitals to provide certain information to the department. Prohibits advertising that a facility is a stroke center or hospital unless the facility is certified.
 Current Status:   4/24/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1148CANNABIDIOL AND TREATMENT RESISTANT EPILEPSY. (FRIEND W) Defines "cannabidiol" and "substance containing cannabidiol" and establishes a cannabidiol registry for certain persons for the use of a substance containing cannabidiol in the treatment of an individual with treatment resistant epilepsy. Requires the state department of health to maintain the registry. Provides that the offense of possession of paraphernalia applies to the possession of certain items used in connection with lawfully possessed cannabidiol. Establishes defenses to: (1) possession of marijuana; and (2) an allegation that a person has violated a condition of supervised release; if the charge or violation is based on the use of a substance containing cannabidiol.
 Current Status:   4/26/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1273NETWORK PROVIDER REFERRALS. (BAIRD J) Specifies notice requirements for network health care providers that make referrals to out of network health care providers. Provides for exceptions to the notice requirements.
 Current Status:   4/24/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1278CERVICAL CANCER PREVENTION. (NEGELE S) Requires the state department of health (department) to develop a strategic plan to identify and significantly reduce morbidity and mortality from cervical cancer. Requires the department to collaborate with the family and social services administration and certain cancer facilities. Allows the department to establish workgroups. Establishes requirements for the department in developing the strategic plan. Requires that a report on the strategic plan and recommendations on goal implementation and schedule compliance must be delivered to the governor and general assembly before December 31, 2018.
 Current Status:   4/10/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1287CHOICE PROGRAM. (CLERE E) Defines "countable asset" and amends the definition of "case management" and "eligible individual" for purposes of the community and home options to institutional care for the elderly and disabled program (CHOICE program). Provides that under the CHOICE program, the division of aging (division): (1) must establish a cost participation schedule for each eligible individual; and (2) may not require a family member or other person to provide services as a condition of eligibility. Requires a case manager from an area agency on aging to perform initial verification and reverification of an individual's income and assets for the CHOICE program. Requires the division to convene collaborative work groups with area agencies on aging to develop policies that establish: (1) a person-centered planning process, supported by a needs-based assessment tools, to be used; and (2) the percentage of program dollars adequate to provide case management services; (3) training necessary; (4) data collection standards; (5) program performance measures; and (6) a cost participation schedule; for the CHOICE program.
 Current Status:   4/20/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1308VARIOUS PROFESSIONAL LICENSING MATTERS. (ZENT D) Eliminates the certificate of registration for professional corporations requirement. Eliminates student hearing aid certifications. Allows all boards under the authority of the professional licensing agency (agency) to impose sanctions on a licensee as a result of an administrative complaint filed by the attorney general after renewal or reinstatement of a license. Makes certain provisions concerning midwifery certification effective July 1, 2018. Allows immunizations to be administered under the direct supervision of a veterinarian. Requires the boards under the authority of the agency to expedite the issuance or renewal of licenses, certificates, registrations, or permits to military spouses. (Current law requires the boards to adopt rules to expedite the issuance or renewal of licenses, certificates, registrations, or permits to military spouses.) Adds the state epidemiologist to the approved entities able to receive confidential Indiana Scheduled Prescription Electronic Collection and Tracking (INSPECT) program data. Removes from the boards under the authority of the agency the requirements to establish prescribing norms and dispensing guidelines. Removes geographic restrictions relating to board of veterinary medical examiners member appointments. Removes obsolete temporary medical permit language. Makes technical corrections.
 Current Status:   4/13/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1335STATE INSTITUTIONS. (KIRCHHOFER C) Includes the Neurodiagnostic Institute and Advanced Treatment Center as a state institution. Allows for the instruction of medical students at all state institutions. (Current law allows for instruction of medical students only at Larue D. Carter Memorial Hospital.) Authorizes the director of the division of mental health and addiction to contract for the management and clinical operation of any state institution, including contracting with an entity for services. (Current law allows for only Larue D. Carter Memorial Hospital.)
 Current Status:   3/29/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1336DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH MATTERS. (KIRCHHOFER C) Repeals the expiration provision for the office of minority health and the birth problems registry. Specifies various ways in which a hospital board may be named. Extends eligibility for the hearing aid assistance program (program) to a child who is at least three years of age and less than seven years of age. Removes: (1) a requirement for the program that reimbursement is unavailable from specific third sources in order to be eligible for the program; and (2) the state department of health's ability to use internal and external resources to administer the program and registration by external entities. Raises the maximum amount that can be reimbursed for a hearing aid under the program from $1,500 to $2,000. Provides that in cases in which food is believed to be adulterated or so misbranded as to be dangerous or fraudulent, the commissioner or the commissioner's agent may mark food to give notice that the food has been detained or embargoed for not more than 15 days. (Current law allows the food to be detained or embargoed for five days.) Provides that if an individual files a complaint under certain food safety laws concerning an issue related to food safety or a food borne illness, certain personal information of the individual is confidential.
 Current Status:   4/24/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1337TELEMEDICINE MATTERS. (KIRCHHOFER C) Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning (office) to reimburse a Medicaid provider, determined by the office to be eligible, for covered telemedicine services. Prohibits the office from setting any distance restrictions under Medicaid on telehealth services and telemedicine services. Adds podiatrist to the definition of "prescriber" for purposes of telemedicine services. Requires a telemedicine services prescriber to contact the patient's primary care provider if the telemedicine services prescriber has provided care to the patient at least two consecutive times through the use of telemedicine services. Removes a limitation on prescribing controlled substances except for opioids through the use of telemedicine if: (1) the prescriber maintains a controlled substance registration; (2) the prescriber meets federal requirements concerning the prescribing of the controlled substance; (3) the patient has been examined in person by a licensed Indiana health care provider that has established a treatment plan to assist the prescriber in the diagnosis of the patient; (4) the prescriber has reviewed and approved the treatment plan and is prescribing for the patient pursuant to the treatment plan; and (5) the prescriber complies with the requirements of the INSPECT program. Allows for the prescribing of an opioid using telemedicine services if the opioid being prescribed is a partial agonist being prescribed to treat or manage an opioid dependence.
 Current Status:   4/24/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1344LEAD AND ARSENIC SOIL CONTAMINATION IN EAST CHICAGO. (HARRIS JR. E) Defines "East Chicago area of special concern" to refer to the areas of the city of East Chicago in which lead or arsenic has been discovered in the soil through testing or in which the presence of lead or arsenic in the soil is probable. Encourages the department of environmental management (IDEM) to cooperate with and provide assistance to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the sampling, excavation, and removal of contaminated soil and restoration work in the East Chicago area of special concern. Requires the Indiana housing and community development authority to cooperate with and provide assistance to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in the relocation of residents of the East Chicago area of special concern to other residential areas. Requires the state agencies and, if necessary, the attorney general to collect from the EPA the reasonable costs incurred by the state agencies in providing the assistance. Requires IDEM to conduct testing of the water supply for East Chicago to determine whether it is in compliance with the national primary drinking water regulations for lead.
 Current Status:   4/20/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1391SOCIAL WORKER LICENSES. (FRIZZELL D) Creates a bachelor's degree social worker license. Provides an exception from the social work and clinical social work license requirements for providers who are contracted by the department of child services and meet certain requirements. Provides that individuals who pursue a social work license with a bachelor's degree may apply under existing requirements and use clinical social work experience hours until July 1, 2019. Allows individuals who: (1) have at least two years of experience; (2) meet certain requirements; and (3) apply before July 1, 2018; to be granted a bachelor's degree social worker license without taking an examination. Provides that any supervised clinical social work experience hours that an applicant for licensure as a clinical social worker accumulates do not expire and may be used by the applicant to satisfy the supervised clinical social work experience requirements. Requires the behavioral health and human services licensing board to issue a license to a bachelor's degree social worker, social worker, or clinical social worker who: (1) has a valid license or certificate to practice from another state or jurisdiction; (2) has passed an examination substantially equivalent to the license examination; (3) does not have a pending disciplinary proceeding in another state; and (4) pays a fee.
 Current Status:   4/26/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1394WAIVER OF LOCAL OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE FEES. (FRIZZELL D) Requires a unit (county, city, town, or township) to waive as applicable all or part of the occupational and professional license fees and taxes imposed by the unit for the initial issuance and reinstatement of an occupational or professional license for applicants who are veterans, on active duty with the military or national guard, or indigent.
 Current Status:   4/27/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1438SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS. (KIRCHHOFER C) Allows a county or municipality to approve the operation of a syringe exchange program (program). Allows a program to be renewed for not longer than two years. Requires a program to keep a sufficient quantity of an overdose intervention drug in stock to administer when needed. Requires the state health commissioner to receive written notice when a program is renewed, expired, or terminated or if the qualified entity operating the program changes. Extends the law concerning programs until July 1, 2021. (Current law expires July 1, 2019.)
 Current Status:   4/26/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1439FSSA MATTERS. (KIRCHHOFER C) Allows a Medicaid recipient who is incarcerated to have the recipient's Medicaid suspended for up to two years instead of one year before terminating the recipient's Medicaid eligibility. Defines "comprehensive risk contract" and "managed care organization" for purposes of Medicaid. Specifies that if a provision of Indiana insurance law conflicts with the administration of a law applying to a managed care organization with respect to the managed care organization's Medicaid responsibilities, the law applying to the managed care organization with respect to the Medicaid responsibilities is controlling. Changes language in the Medicaid law to reflect the existence of more than one risk based managed care program. Removes obsolete references to "primary care case management". Removes references to "insurer", "insurance", and "health maintenance organization" in the law concerning the healthy Indiana plan (plan) to reflect the sole use of managed care organizations to provide coverage under the plan. Allows the secretary of the office of family and social services (office) to determine the amount, based on the individual's annual household income per year, that an individual must continue to contribute to the individual's health care account in order to participate in the plan. Provides that the amount determined by the office based on an individual's annual income must be budget neutral to the state as determined by the state budget agency. Requires that the federal government approve the contribution amount determined by the secretary. Makes conforming amendments. Makes a technical correction to a federal Code citation.
 Current Status:   4/24/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1470GOVERNMENT INFORMATION. (OBER D) Provides standards for the access of the legislative services agency (LSA) to information held by a state or local governmental entity. Establishes the position of state data officer and a management performance hub (MPH) in the office of management and budget (OMB) to do the following: (1) Establish and maintain a program to collect, analyze, and exchange government information from executive state agencies. (2) Establish and maintain a program to make government information available to agencies, political subdivisions, educational institutions, researchers, nongovernmental organizations, and the general public. (3) Establish privacy and quality policies for government information that comply with all applicable Indiana and federal laws, rules, and policies. (4) Establish and maintain a program to ensure the security of government information. (5) Conduct operational and procedural audits of state agencies. (6) Perform financial planning and design and implement efficiency projects for state agencies. (7) Advise and assist state agencies to identify and implement continuous process improvement. Requires the MPH to conduct a study of policies and practices to be used by the MPH. Indicates that the budget director is responsible for the MPH. Recommends that governmental entities store data in an open, machine readable format. Requires governmental entities that are required by law to submit data for publication on a governmental Internet web site (web site) to submit the data on a prescribed form. Limits fees that may be charged by a web site. Provides immunity for accidental disclosure of confidential data on a web site if the data was posted in reliance on the determination by the data owner that the data was not confidential. Urges the legislative council to provide for a study of establishing an enterprise fraud program office in the department of state revenue. Repeals the separate division of government efficiency and financial planning within the OMB and the statute that establishes the Indiana workforce intelligence system.
 Current Status:   5/2/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1471IN211 PROGRAM. (SIEGRIST S) Transfers from the utility regulatory commission (IURC) to the housing and community development authority (authority) the responsibility for administering the statute concerning the administration of the 211 dialing code used to provide access to human services information and referrals. For purposes of the statute, expands the definition of "human services" to include assistance concerning: (1) emotional and physical abuse (including sexual assault); (2) specified public health issues; (3) food programs and nutrition education; (4) safe and affordable housing; (5) occupational and vocational training; and (6) reentry programs for persons leaving certain facilities. Caps the amount that the authority may budget, allocate, and disburse from the 211 services account (account) each state fiscal year to carry out the authority's purposes under the statute at $50,000. Removes the requirement that the expenses of administering the account be paid from money in the account. Provides that money in the account at the end of a state fiscal year does not revert to the state general fund. (Current law provides that money appropriated to the account by the general assembly and remaining in the account at the end of a state fiscal year reverts to the state general fund.) Makes conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   4/24/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1493LONG TERM CARE AND HOME HEALTH AGENCIES. (BROWN T) Requires a home and community based services program for individuals who are aged or disabled to include reimbursement for assisted living services in the Medicaid program. Requires the division of aging to report to the general assembly a plan to expand the scope and availability of home and community based services for individuals who are aged or disabled and requires the division to implement the plan. Prohibits the office of Medicaid policy and planning (office) from including certain individuals who receive nursing facility services in a Medicaid risk based managed care program or a capitated managed care program through December 31, 2019. Specifies the model to be used for Medicaid nursing facility service payments. Requires the office to do the following: (1) Provide public notice of at least one year before reducing nursing facility service reimbursements. (2) Review currently offered home health programs, develop additional programs, and report on the programs to the general assembly. Requires the state department of health to amend rules concerning residential care facilities to comply with federal law concerning the provision of home and community based services. Requires the office to report by October 1, 2017, to the legislative council concerning Medicaid recipient eligibility for health facility services. Requires home health agencies to drug test job applicants and employees who come into direct contact with patients. Exempts from drug testing certain licensed home health employees. Requires random drug testing of at least 50% of certain employees to occur at least annually. Allows for random drug testing upon reasonable suspicion of illegal controlled substance use and sets forth parameters of the random drug testing. Requires verification of a positive drug test, and requires the employee to pay for the verification test. Specifies that, unless an employee has a valid prescription for the substance for which the employee tests positive on a drug test, a home health agency shall either discharge an employee or suspend an employee from direct contact with patients for at least six months if the drug test is positive. Specifies that a home health agency that discharges or suspends an employee or refuses to hire a job applicant because of a positive drug test is considered to have discharged, suspended, or refused to hire for just cause. Provides that a home health agency, when acting in good faith and in compliance with state law, is immune from civil liability for conducting employee drug testing or taking an employee disciplinary action or discharging an employee as the result of employee drug testing. Provides that immunity does not apply to actions that constitute gross negligence or wanton misconduct.
 Current Status:   4/27/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1516DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FATALITY REVIEW COMMITTEE. (OLTHOFF J) Removes the limit on the authority of a local domestic violence review team (local review team) to the review of fatalities when the person who commits domestic violence resulting in death is charged with a criminal offense that results in a final judgment or is deceased. Specifies that local review teams may review near fatalities. Establishes the statewide domestic violence fatality review committee (committee). Imposes various duties upon the committee, including to: (1) assist local review teams; (2) assist in or conduct a review of a death or near fatality in possible domestic violence cases; (3) gather information; (4) submit reports; and (5) make recommendations concerning the prevention of domestic violence deaths. Provides that various records must be made available to the committee, subject to confidentiality requirements. Provides certain immunities concerning information provided to and discussions involving the committee. Provides that the Indiana criminal justice institute will administer the committees. Makes conforming changes to the local review team law.
 Current Status:   4/28/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1540PHARMACIES AND PHARMACISTS. (DAVISSON S) Allows the state health commissioner or a designated public health authority who is a licensed prescriber to issue a statewide standing order, prescription, or protocol that allows a pharmacist to administer or dispense a smoking cessation product. Requires that the standing order, prescription, or protocol be posted on the Internet web site of the board of pharmacy (board). Allows: (1) more than four members of the same political party; and (2) individuals who are full-time members or professors at a school of pharmacy; to serve on the board. Allows the board to adopt emergency rules concerning pharmacies that perform compounding. Removes the requirement that a pharmacy permit and pharmacist's license be prominently displayed at the pharmacy. Removes the requirement that a prescriber be notified when there is a change in the quantity filled of certain prescriptions. Adds the following immunizations to the list of immunizations that pharmacists may administer if certain conditions are met: (1) Measles, mumps, and rubella. (2) Varicella. (3) Hepatitis A. (4) Hepatitis B. (5) Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). Allows a pharmacist to administer pneumonia immunizations to individuals who are at least 50 years of age. Requires a pharmacist to comply with the public health emergency consent requirements for immunizations administered during a public health emergency. Authorizes a pharmacist to administer immunizations under a standing order, prescription, or protocol of the state health commissioner. Defines "patient care", "remote dispensing facilities" and "telepharmacy" for purposes of the laws concerning remote dispensing facilities. Establishes a registration for pharmacy remote dispensing facilities and sets forth requirements for the registration. Makes various changes to the laws concerning drug regimens and the use of protocols. Requires that a health insurance policy and a health maintenance organization contract that provide coverage for prescription medications must provide for synchronized refill schedule coordination for prescription medications for chronic conditions. Provides that the taking of a controlled substance from: (1) a pharmacist acting in an official capacity; or (2) a pharmacy; is robbery, a Level 4 felony. Provides that: (1) the use of a deadly weapon; or (2) causing bodily injury to any person other than the defendant; during the robbery of: (A) a pharmacist acting in an official capacity; or (B) a pharmacy; is a Level 2 felony. Provides that causing serious bodily injury to any person other than the defendant during a robbery of: (1) a pharmacist acting in an official capacity; or (2) a pharmacy; is a Level 1 felony.
 Current Status:   4/26/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1541ADDICTION TREATMENT TEAMS. (DAVISSON S) Adds a definition of "medication assisted treatment". Specifies: (1) providers that must be included as part of; and (2) services that must be provided by; an addiction treatment team. Establishes reimbursement for addiction treatment teams from health and addiction forensic treatment services grants. Allows addiction treatment teams to provide services in temporary locations and mobile units in specified conditions.
 Current Status:   4/26/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1571AUTOPSY REPORTS. (HATFIELD R) Allows a coroner, in certain circumstances, to make available an autopsy report to the peer review committee of a hospital at which the decedent was treated immediately before death.
 Current Status:   4/24/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
HB1642DIABETES IN INDIANA. (SUMMERS V) Urges the legislative council to assign the study of diabetes issues to a study committee during the 2017 legislative interim.
 Current Status:   4/12/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
SB51IMMUNIZATIONS. (GROOMS R) Allows the state health commissioner or a designated public health authority who is a licensed prescriber to issue a statewide standing order, prescription, or protocol that allows a pharmacist to administer or dispense certain immunizations. Allows immunization data to be released to an entity for outreach and education purposes to increase immunization rates if certain conditions are met. Requires that the standing order, prescription, or protocol be posted on the Internet web site of the board of pharmacy. Adds the following immunizations to the list of immunizations that pharmacists may administer if certain conditions are met: (1) Measles, mumps, and rubella. (2) Varicella. (3) Hepatitis A. (4) Hepatitis B. (5) Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). Allows a pharmacist to immunize an individual who is at least 50 years of age for pneumonia under a physician's protocol. Requires a pharmacist to comply with the public health emergency consent requirements for immunizations administered during a public health emergency. Authorizes a pharmacist to administer immunizations under a standing order, prescription, or protocol of the state health commissioner.
 Current Status:   4/21/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
SB59PROFESSIONAL LICENSING. (HEAD R) Requires the behavioral health and human services licensing board to issue a license to a social worker, clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, mental health counselor, licensed addiction counselor, licensed clinical addiction counselor, addiction counselor associate, or clinical addiction counselor associate who: (1) has a valid license or certificate to practice from another state or jurisdiction; (2) has passed an examination substantially equivalent to the level for which licensure is being requested; (3) does not have a pending disciplinary proceeding in another state; and (4) pays a fee. Establishes requirements to obtain a license as an addiction counselor associate or clinical addiction counselor associate. Allows for an out-of-state individual seeking reciprocity for licensing in Indiana for psychology to receive a temporary license.
 Current Status:   4/28/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
SB73ELECTRONIC AUTHORIZATION FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. (GROOMS R) Requires certain health plans to accept and respond to electronic prior authorization requests according to a particular electronic transaction standard.
 Current Status:   4/13/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
SB112HOSPITAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS. (KRUSE D) Defines "health system". Allows for health systems to establish police departments. Expands the area in which hospital police officers may exercise police powers. Establishes the Indiana health care facilities task force (task force). Requires the task force to: (1) study and review hospital and health facility licensure; (2) study, review, and update the American Institute of Architects guidelines for hospitals and health care facilities; (3) study, review, and update National Fire Protection Association standards for hospitals and health care facilities; and (4) submit an electronic report to the governor and the legislative council setting forth the task force's findings not later than August 31, 2018.
 Current Status:   4/21/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
SB119AIR AMBULANCE SERVICES. (BECKER V) Adds a representative of an entity that provides air ambulance services to the composition of the Indiana emergency medical services commission (commission). Requires the commission with the assistance of the state department of health to develop and recommend statewide standards for activation and use of air medical services for transport of patients from the emergency scene to a trauma center. Requires that the standards must be updated at least every three years. Provides a public safety officer special death benefit to an emergency medical services provider who, after June 30, 2017, dies as a direct result of personal injury or illness resulting from the provider's performance of duties as an employee of an air ambulance services provider maintained by a health care system affiliated with a state educational institution, if the provider's employer purchases coverage.
 Current Status:   4/21/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
SB151INFORMATION IN INSPECT PRESCRIPTION DRUG DATA BASE. (MERRITT J) Requires the ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and controlled substance prescription monitoring program to include an entry for a dispenser to indicate, when applicable, if a patient has entered into a pain management contract with a designated practitioner. Allows the management performance hub and the state epidemiologist to obtain information from the INSPECT program. Requires that the information provided to the management performance hub not include personally identifying information. Requires the professional licensing agency (agency) to establish a workgroup consisting of emergency medical technicians, registered nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, physicians, law enforcement officers and physician assistants for the purpose of evaluating the cost and feasability of cataloging: (1) each administration of an overdose intervention drug by an emergency medical services provider; and (2) data related to certain controlled substance investigations by law enforcement; in the INSPECT data base. Requires the agency to provide: (1) statutory recommendations; and (2) a written report; to the legislative council not later than December 1, 2017.
 Current Status:   4/25/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
SB156DRUG AND ALCOHOL TREATMENT REPORTING. (MERRITT J) Adds additional reporting requirements for opioid treatment programs. Requires the office of the secretary of family and social services, with the assistance of the state department of health and the department of administration, to report to the legislative council a comprehensive plan to increase the number of inpatient and residential beds used for detoxification, treatment, and rehabilitation, including the: (1) number of hospital beds currently available in Indiana; (2) location and physical description of state owned buildings that are currently available, or expected to be available before July 1, 2018, for conversion and use; and (3) feasibility of using currently unused hospital and health care facility beds; for drug and alcohol detoxification, treatment, and rehabilitation.
 Current Status:   4/25/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
SB175HEALTH CARE CONSENT. (LEISING J) Provides that an adult grandchild may consent to health care for an individual incapable of consenting if a health care representative has not been appointed, is not reasonably available, declines to act, or is unknown to the health care provider. Provides that a grandparent may consent to health care for a grandchild incapable of consenting if a health care representative has not been appointed, is not reasonably available, declines to act, or is unknown to the health care provider. Provides that a grandparent also may consent to health care for a minor grandchild if a guardian or other representative, or a parent, an individual in loco parentis, or an adult sibling is not reasonably available, declines to act, or is unknown to the health care provider. Requires the health care provider make a reasonable attempt to determine whether a minor has a parent, an individual in loco parentis, or an adult sibling who is able to consent to the minor's treatment prior to seeking consent from the grandparent.
 Current Status:   4/13/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
SB226PRESCRIBING AND DISPENSING OF OPIOIDS. (MERRITT J) Limits the amount of an opioid prescription a prescriber may issue for: (1) an adult who is being prescribed an opioid for the first time; and (2) a child; unless the prescription is for the treatment of specified conditions or circumstances. Requires documentation in the use of certain exemptions. Requires a prescriber to issue a prescription for an opioid in a lesser amount if requested by specified individuals and to document the request. Requires a pharmacist, upon the request of a specified individual, to partially fill the opioid prescription in compliance with federal law. Requires the pharmacist to document that the opioid prescription was partially filled. Requires the medical licensing board, in consultation with specified persons, to adopt emergency rules and rules concerning conditions that will be exempt from the prescription limitations.
 Current Status:   4/26/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
SB243SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAMS. (CRIDER M) Subject to the approval of the Indiana commission to combat drug abuse (commission), establishes the physician medication assisted treatment training reimbursement pilot program (pilot program) to reimburse qualified physicians who undergo certain medication assisted treatment training, for the purpose of increasing the number of physicians in Indiana allowed under the federal Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 to prescribe certain controlled substances to treat opioid dependency in settings other than an opioid treatment program. Establishes requirements for participation in the pilot program. Subject to the approval of the commission, establishes the maternal neonatal opioid addiction project (project) within the division of mental health and addiction (division). Allows the division to implement the project and award one grant to a health care system application that meets specified requirements for participation in the project.
 Current Status:   4/25/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
SB246CHILD NEGLECT DEFENSE. (HOLDMAN T) Specifies under the safe haven law that it is a defense to a claim of neglect of a dependent if the individual left the child: (1) with a person who is an emergency medical services provider; or (2) in a newborn safety device that meets the specified requirements. Allows a newborn safety device that was installed on January 1, 2017, to continue to operate. Provides civil immunity for a hospital that operates a newborn safety device if the device meets specified requirements, unless the act or omission constitutes gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct. Provides that neglect of a dependent with a mental or physical disability is a Level 1 felony in certain instances.
 Current Status:   5/2/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
SB279POST-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS REIMBURSEMENT. (LANANE T) Changes the definition of "additional forensic services" to include HIV prophylactic medication, and removes discretionary reimbursement for the service.
 Current Status:   4/21/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
SB303DIRECT PRIMARY CARE AGREEMENTS. (KOCH E) Specifies that: (a) a direct primary care agreement is not insurance; and (b) a primary care provider or an employer of primary care provider that enters into a direct primary care agreement is not required to obtain an insurance certificate of authority. Sets forth requirements of a direct primary care agreement.
 Current Status:   4/21/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
SB402RECOVERY RESIDENCES AND COUNTY HOMES. (MERRITT J) Requires the secretary of family and social services to provide that the standards provided by recovery residences for residential care and supported housing for chronic addiction, when used as a recovery residence, to be certified and to meet standards established by the division of mental health and addiction (division) through administrative rules. Requires the division to ensure that providers of services of residential care and supported housing for chronic addiction, when used as a recovery residence, acquire and maintain required certification. Allows the board of commissioners of a county to: (1) delegate the performance of the board's duties concerning a county home; and (2) contract for the services reasonably required to operate and maintain the county home, including the management of the county home; on terms and conditions the board finds reasonable and in the best interests of the county.
 Current Status:   4/25/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
SB408INSPECT PROGRAM. (HOUCHIN E) Adds a definition of the Indiana board of pharmacy (board) for purposes of the INSPECT program. Requires the board to report, before December 1, 2017, to the legislative council concerning grants or funding received and applied for by the state for integration of the INSPECT program data base with electronic health records. Urges the legislative council to assign to the appropriate study committee the topic of potential improvements to the INSPECT program.
 Current Status:   4/27/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
SB446RESIDENTIAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT. (MERRITT J) Establishes, subject to the approval of the Indiana commission to combat drug abuse (commission), an opioid addiction recovery pilot program (program) to assist pregnant women and women with newborns, with an opioid addiction by providing treatment in a residential care facility and home visitation services following discharge from the residential care facility. Provides that the program is administered by the department of health. Provides that the program shall include three facilities and that medication assisted treatment may be used when appropriate.
 Current Status:   4/25/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
SB499OPIOID ADDICTION. (RAATZ J) Provides that, after approval of the Indiana commission to combat drug abuse (commission), the division of mental health and addiction (division) shall establish a three year opioid treatment pilot program (pilot program) for opioid abuse disorder in Tippecanoe, Marion, and Wayne counties. Establishes the criteria for the program. Requires the division to collect data and issue a report to the legislative council on the pilot program. Specifies that certain persons: (1) charged with or convicted of a drug offense; and (2) who received an overdose intervention drug for an acute opioid overdose; are entitled to priority admission in a forensic diversion program, a pretrial diversion program, or another program, including a drug court program, offering treatment for persons with addictive disorders.
 Current Status:   4/21/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
SB516POWER OF GUARDIAN TO REQUEST HEALTH RECORDS. (BREAUX J) Provides that, even though a guardianship terminates upon the death of the protected person, a guardian is authorized to request the health records of the protected person within 60 days after the protected person's death if the protected person was an incapacitated person. Provides, however, that a guardian may not request the health records of the protected person after the protected person's death if a personal representative of the estate of the protected person is appointed.
 Current Status:   4/28/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
SB549HEALTH RECORD INFORMATION. (SANDLIN J) Amends the definition of "abandoned" for purposes of protection of health records possessed by a health care provider or a former health care provider. Permits the attorney general to file an action against a health care provider or former health care provider to recover incurred costs related to abandoned records. Applies current law concerning data base security to a health care provider or former health care provider who is a data base owner currently exempt from the law if the data base owner does not have or implement a plan to safeguard personal information after ceasing to be a covered entity under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
 Current Status:   4/13/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 
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