The Capitol Group's Bill track for INANA - 2021 Session
Prepared by: Jessaca Stults
E-mail: Jessaca@thecapitolgrp.com
Report created on May 7, 2021
 
HB1001STATE 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. Specifies that the deadline for adjourning sine die for the 2021 session of the general assembly is November 15, 2021, and that the current deadline of April 29 remains in place for future long sessions. Provides that the regular technical session statute does not apply in calendar year 2021. Specifies the deadlines for signing enrolled acts and presenting them to the governor for bills passed after April 19, 2021, and before May 1, 2021. Specifies the following: (1) That the 2021 interim is the period beginning May 1, 2021, and ending November 15, 2021. (2) That for 2021, the prohibited period concerning fundraising activities is through April 29, 2021, rather than the date on which the general assembly adjourns sine die. (3) That the budget committee is required to meet at least once between April 30, 2021, and July 1, 2021. (Current law requires the budget committee to meet at least once in the two months following the general assembly adjournment sine die.) Provides that a redistricting commission is established to determine congressional districts if the general assembly adjourns sine die before November 15, 2021, without having enacted a law establishing congressional districts. (Current law refers to the adjournment of the general assembly without specifying an adjournment sine die or a particular date.) Provides provisions for opioid litigation and settlements, including opt out provisions for political subdivisions. Specifies distributions and uses of funds received from opioid litigation settlements that resolve existing state and political subdivision litigation lawsuits as of January 1, 2021. Establishes the Pokagon Band Tribal-state compact fund and specifies the purposes for the fund. Transfers the operations of the Indiana department of gaming research into a newly established gaming research division of the Indiana gaming commission. Repeals the exoneration fund. Removes the annual appropriation provision for the examinations fund of the state board of accounts. Establishes the Indiana career accelerator fund (fund) to be administered by the Indiana economic development corporation (IEDC). Provides that the IEDC may award financial assistance awards from the fund to assist individuals in obtaining credentials from qualified education programs. Defines "qualified education program" for purposes of an award. Repeals the Indiana regional cities development fund. Establishes the regional economic acceleration and development initiative (READI) fund to provide grants and loans to support economic development and regional economic acceleration and development. Provides that the IEDC shall administer the fund. Requires the IEDC to establish a policy for the regional economic acceleration and development initiative. Replaces the state superintendent of public instruction with the secretary of education or the secretary's designee as a member of the distressed unit appeal board. Specifies the provisions that apply when the distressed unit appeal board suspends payments on loans or advances from the common school fund. Provides certain add backs and subtraction used in determining Indiana adjusted gross income. Changes the definition of "Internal Revenue Code" in the adjusted gross income tax law to mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended and in effect on March 31, 2021. Makes changes to the state income tax deduction for unemployment compensation. Amends the venture capital investment tax credit to apply to taxpayers that provide qualified investment capital to certain qualified Indiana investment funds (qualified fund). Provides that the IEDC may only certify a fund as a qualified fund if the fund meets the definition of a venture capital fund under federal regulations and the fund makes investments according to specified policy requirements and priorities. Provides that a taxpayer may not claim a credit certified with regard to a qualified fund before July 1, 2023. Specifies the maximum available tax credits in a calendar year with regard to a qualified fund. Increases the maximum available tax credits in a calendar year with regard to qualified Indiana businesses under current law, including an additional increase in the maximum amount if the qualified Indiana business is a minority business enterprise or a women's business enterprise. Caps the total amount of credits that the IEDC may award in a calendar year at $20,000,000, provided that not more than $7,500,000 is awarded for proposed investments in a qualified fund. Increases the tax credit that a taxpayer can claim for contributions made to a scholarship granting organization for state fiscal years 2022 and 2023. Provides a tax credit against adjusted gross income tax and financial institutions tax liability for monetary contributions to a qualifying foster care organization equal to 50% of the amount of the contribution, but not to exceed $10,000 for a taxable year. Defines a "qualifying foster care organization". Caps the total amount of the tax credits allowed in any state fiscal year to $2,000,000. Sunsets the tax credit on July 1, 2025. Adds certain procedural, accounting, and reporting requirements regarding the local income tax. Increases the special purpose local income tax rate that may be imposed in a county that is a member of a regional development authority. Imposes an excise tax, known as the electronic cigarette tax, on the retail sale of vapor products and consumable material in Indiana (does not include closed system cartridges). Imposes a tax on the distribution of closed system cartridges. Extends the expiration date of the Nashville food and beverage tax. Repeals the deposit of a part of the wine excise tax rate collected on each gallon of wine in the wine grape market development fund and requires the department of state revenue to instead deposit that part of the wine excise tax in the state general fund. Provides that, beginning July 1, 2021, all aviation fuel excise tax revenue is transferred to the airport development grant fund. (Under current law, 50% of the aviation fuel excise tax revenue is transferred to the general fund and 50% is transferred to the airport development grant fund.) Removes annual budget committee review of the distribution formula established by Indiana department of transportation for the public mass transportation fund. Requires budget committee review before any money may be transferred from the local road and bridge matching grant fund. Establishes the Internet crimes against children fund to be administered by the state police department. Specifies the uses of the fund. Requires an authorized service provider to use at least 85% (instead of 75%) of the reimbursement rate increase to pay payroll tax liabilities and to increase wages and benefits paid to direct care staff. Makes a conforming change to a provision for annual transfers to the Marion County health and hospitals corporation. Provides that the office of the secretary of family and social services shall apply to the United States Department of Health and Human Services regarding a waiver to implement the mobile integrated healthcare program and to receive funding through Section 9813 of the American Rescue Plan (ARP). Requires the office of the secretary of family and social services
 Current Status:   4/29/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Recent Status:   4/28/2021 - Received by the Governor
4/23/2021 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
 State Bill Page:   HB1001
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  4/14/2021 - Indiana Senate passes budget without cigarette tax hike
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  4/14/2021 - New State Budget Enters Final Negotiation Phase After Senate Passage
  4/14/2021 - Lower-Valued Career Courses Will Keep Funding In Latest State Budget Plan
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HB1007STATE HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PLAN AND GRANT PROGRAM. (VERMILION A) Requires the state department of health (department), in consultation with the office of the secretary of family and social services, to study and prepare a plan (plan) to improve the health and behavioral health of Indiana residents based on specified criteria. Requires the department to submit and present the plan to the interim study committee on public health, behavioral health, and human services (interim study committee). Requires the department to prepare and present an annual report to the interim study committee regarding the progress made in meeting the metrics and goals of the plan. Requires that the department establish and maintain on the department's Internet web site a web page that indicates the performance and progress of the metrics and goals of the most significant areas identified in the plan. Establishes the prevention and addressing of health issues and challenges grant program (grant program). Establishes the prevention and addressing of health issues and challenges grant fund. Requires the department to administer the grant program. Provides requirements for grant proposals and specifies the types of proposals for which the grants must be awarded. Requires the management performance hub to develop and publish on an Internet web site a web page that tracks Indiana's metrics on the most significant areas of health and behavioral health impacting Indiana residents and demonstrate any progress made in these metrics. Provides that the web page must include specific progress reported by organizations awarded a grant under the grant program.
 Current Status:   4/23/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Recent Status:   4/22/2021 - Received by the Governor
4/20/2021 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
 State Bill Page:   HB1007
 
HB1118MOBILE INTEGRATED HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS AND SAFETY PLANS. (SCHAIBLEY D) Specifies that an individualized mental health safety plan includes information concerning a patient's physical health. Allows a mobile integrated healthcare program or a mental health community paramedicine program to provide certain services to help facilitate the patient's safe transition back into the community upon disclosure of a patient's individualized mental health safety plan. Allows a representative of a mobile integrated healthcare program or a representative of a mental health community paramedicine program to request a patient's individualized mental health safety plan from a psychiatric crisis center, psychiatric inpatient unit, or psychiatric residential treatment provider if certain conditions are met.
 Current Status:   4/26/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Recent Status:   4/26/2021 - Received by the Governor
4/22/2021 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
 State Bill Page:   HB1118
 
HB1177STRATEGIC PLAN ON DEMENTIA. (PORTER G) Requires the division of aging (division) to develop a strategic plan concerning dementia in Indiana. Requires the division to submit an annual report to the general assembly concerning the dementia strategic plan and the outcomes of implementing the dementia strategic plan.
 Current Status:   4/8/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Recent Status:   4/8/2021 - Received by the Governor
4/1/2021 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
 State Bill Page:   HB1177
 
HB1203VARIOUS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH MATTERS. (MCNAMARA W) Provides that the state department of health (department) may officially be known as the Indiana department of health. Removes by July 1, 2022, appeals panels from the appeals process of department orders. Provides that the executive board or the department's designee may act as the ultimate authority for department matters under the administrative and procedures laws. Provides that the state health commissioner (commissioner) is the appointing authority and director of the department. Provides that any physicians employed by the department are governed by the state ethics commission's conflict of interest requirements. Allows the commissioner to designate in writing employees in the department who are licensed as a physician and may engage in the practice of medicine outside of their official duties. Provides that the state is not liable for any act performed by a physician employed by the department for any medical care provided to a patient by the physician that is provided in an individual capacity as a licensed physician. Removes the executive board of the department from determining the commissioner's salary. Provides that the commissioner's salary is determined by the governor and the state budget agency. Removes the executive board's approval for the commissioner to organize the personnel and functions of the department into divisions and subdivisions. Specifies that the state department of health may release certain information to an Indiana nonprofit entity that performs health data services for health care providers if specified conditions are met. Extends the expiration of the syringe exchange program until July 1, 2026.
 Current Status:   4/26/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Recent Status:   4/26/2021 - Received by the Governor
4/22/2021 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
 State Bill Page:   HB1203
 
HB1225OPIOID TREATMENT PROGRAMS. (VERMILION A) Requires an opioid treatment program to obtain prior authorization from the division of mental health and addiction (division) for patients receiving more than 14 days of opioid treatment medication from an opioid treatment program unless otherwise prescribed by the division. Allows the state opioid treatment authority (authority) to: (1) take certain remedial actions; and (2) impose a civil penalty of up to $10,000; in response to certain violations concerning the operation of an opioid treatment program. Specifies that the authority may issue a civil penalty for each violation found by the authority. Requires the division to report certain findings to the general assembly not later than April 1 of each year. Requires certain information to be provided to the division for the purpose of completing specified reporting requirements.
 Current Status:   4/29/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Recent Status:   4/28/2021 - Received by the Governor
4/23/2021 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
 State Bill Page:   HB1225
 
HB1392OCCUPATIONAL LICENSURE OF MILITARY SPOUSES. (ZENT D) Amends as follows the law under which a provisional occupational license may be issued to the spouse of an active duty member of the armed forces assigned to Indiana: (1) Provides that the law applies to the spouse of any active military service member, including a member of a reserve component of the United States armed forces or a member of the National Guard. (2) Eliminates a provision under which a military spouse applying for a provisional occupational license is required to submit to a national criminal history background check, and provides instead that a military spouse applying for a provisional occupational license must be determined by the appropriate professional board to not have a disqualifying criminal history if a national criminal history background check is required for the regulated occupation for which the military spouse seeks a provisional license.
 Current Status:   4/23/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Recent Status:   4/22/2021 - Received by the Governor
4/21/2021 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
 State Bill Page:   HB1392
 
HB1402ALL PAYER CLAIMS DATA BASE. (SCHAIBLEY D) Amends the definition of "health payer" to except some policies of accident and sickness insurance. Establishes requirements for the development and administration of the all payer claims data base. Establishes the all payer claims data base advisory board (advisory board) and sets forth membership requirements. Specifies the duties of: (1) the advisory board; and (2) the executive director who oversees the operation of the data base. Requires the establishment of a fee formula for data licensing and claims data collection and release.
 Current Status:   4/29/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Recent Status:   4/28/2021 - Received by the Governor
4/21/2021 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
 State Bill Page:   HB1402
 
HB1447GOOD FAITH HEALTH CARE ESTIMATES. (VERMILION A) Revises the definition of "practitioner" in the laws concerning good faith estimates of costs for health care services. Postpones, from July 1, 2021, to January 1, 2022, the effective date of the requirement that a practitioner provide a good faith estimate of the amount the practitioner intends to charge for a health care service. Requires that the communication by a provider facility and a practitioner to a patient about the patient's right to request a good faith estimate be conspicuous and be provided by at least three of eight specified potential means. Provides that the written notice that a practitioner provides to an individual about a scheduled or ordered nonemergency health care service must state that a good faith estimate of cost need not be provided if the service is scheduled to be performed within five business days of the date of the patient's request. Provides that certain written statements must be in "conspicuous" type instead of in type at least as large as 14 point type. Requires a practitioner or facility to provide a written explanation if the charge for a health care service exceeds the practitioner's or facility's good faith estimate by the greater of: (1) $100; or (2) 5%. Revises the content of the written statement that an out of network practitioner providing health care services at an in network facility must give to a covered individual in order to be reimbursed more for the health care services than allowed according to the rate established by the covered individual's network plan. Provides that a practitioner can comply with the requirement to provide a good faith estimate of the amount that the practitioner intends to charge a covered individual by complying with the requirements of the new federal No Surprises Act (Act). Provides that a health carrier may satisfy certain requirements concerning good faith estimates by complying with the Act.
 Current Status:   4/29/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Recent Status:   4/28/2021 - Received by the Governor
4/23/2021 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
 State Bill Page:   HB1447
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SB3TELEHEALTH MATTERS. (CHARBONNEAU E) Prohibits the Medicaid program from specifying originating sites and distant sites for purposes of Medicaid reimbursement. Prohibits the use of telehealth to provide any abortion, including the writing or filling of a prescription for any purpose that is intended to result in an abortion. Changes the use of the term "telemedicine" to "telehealth". Specifies certain activities that are considered to be health care services for purposes of the telehealth laws. Expands the application of the telehealth statute to additional licensed practitioners instead of applying only to prescribers. Amends the definition of "prescriber" and "telehealth". Provides that a practitioner who directs an employee to perform a specified health service is held to the same standards of appropriate practice as those standards for health care services provided at an in-person setting. Requires that the telehealth medical records be created and maintained under the same standards of appropriate practice for medical records for patients in an in-person setting. Specifies that a patient waives confidentiality of medical information concerning individuals in the vicinity when the patient is using telehealth. Prohibits an employer from requiring a practitioner to provide a health care service through telehealth if the practitioner believes: (1) that health quality may be negatively impacted; or (2) the practitioner would be unable to provide the same standards of appropriate practice as those provided in an in-person setting. Provides that an applicable contract, employment agreement, or policy to provide telehealth services must explicitly provide that a practitioner may refuse at any time to provide health care services if in the practitioner's sole discretion the practitioner believes: (1) that health quality may be negatively impacted; or (2) the practitioner would be unable to provide the same standards of appropriate practice as those provided in an in-person setting. Amends requirements for a prescriber issuing a prescription to a patient via telehealth services. Requires that if a veterinarian is required to establish a veterinarian-client-patient relationship to perform a health care service, the veterinarian shall ensure that a veterinarian-client-patient relationship is established. Repeals the law concerning telepsychology. Prohibits certain insurance policies and individual and group contracts from mandating the use of certain technology applications in the provision of telehealth services.
 Current Status:   4/20/2021 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/20/2021 - Public Law 85
4/20/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 State Bill Page:   SB3
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  2/2/2021 - Bill cutting wetlands protection passes Senate, advances to House
  1/19/2021 - Indiana may keep expanded telehealth services beyond COVID-19 pandemic
 
SB7FORENSIC NURSES. (CRIDER M) Specifies requirements that a registered nurse must meet in order to practice as a forensic nurse. Requires biennial continuing education for a forensic nurse. Provides that a forensic nurse who is practicing as a forensic nurse on June 30, 2021, is not required to meet the biennial forensic nursing education requirements until June 30, 2023.
 Current Status:   4/22/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Recent Status:   4/21/2021 - Received by the Governor
4/21/2021 - Signed by the President of the Senate
 State Bill Page:   SB7
 News Stories:   1/13/2021 - Bill would give Indy Eleven more time to finalize stadium plan
 
SB10STATEWIDE MATERNAL MORTALITY REVIEW COMMITTEE. (LEISING J) Includes reporting to the statewide maternal mortality review committee (committee) for the release of mental health records without the consent of the patient. Requires the committee to review cases of maternal mortality involving the death of a woman occurring during pregnancy, through one year after the pregnancy. Requires a health care provider and a health facility to report deaths during pregnancy, through one year after a pregnancy to the committee for review. Requires the committee to review all cases of maternal death. Specifies that a health care provider includes a mental health professional for purposes of the review of records by the committee. Requires the committee to: (1) determine whether an abortion was performed on the individual and whether the abortion contributed to the maternal mortality; (2) determine whether a miscarriage occurred and whether the miscarriage contributed to the maternal mortality; and (3) include the findings in the committee's annual report. Requires the statewide maternal mortality review coordinator to establish a process to report cases to the committee. Changes the expiration date of the statewide maternal mortality review committee to June 30, 2025.
 Current Status:   4/19/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Recent Status:   4/19/2021 - Received by the Governor
4/19/2021 - Signed by the President of the Senate
 State Bill Page:   SB10
 News Stories:   3/11/2021 - Committee wants access to mental health records to further understand Indiana’s maternal mortality rate
  3/11/2021 - Indiana looks to open records to prevent maternal death
  3/2/2021 - Despite criticism, bills about women’s reproductive rights advance in second half of session
  2/12/2021 - Senate meets to discuss long-debated bills on nursing homes and maternal deaths
  2/2/2021 - Bill cutting wetlands protection passes Senate, advances to House
 
SB91HYPERBARIC OXYGEN TREATMENT PILOT PROGRAM. (TOMES J) Extends the expiration date of the hyperbaric oxygen treatment pilot program for veterans from June 30, 2021, to June 30, 2025. Provides that certain: (1) billing documentation; or (2) attendance documentation; may be used to authenticate the receipt of hyperbaric oxygen treatments for the purpose of payment approval by the department of veterans' affairs. Removes a provision that requires the state department of health to request proposals concerning hyperbaric oxygen treatment from certain geographic areas of Indiana. Specifies that a certain appropriation does not revert to the state general fund until July 1, 2025.
 Current Status:   4/8/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Recent Status:   4/8/2021 - Received by the Governor
3/29/2021 - Signed by the Speaker
 State Bill Page:   SB91
 
SB204HEALTH CARE ADVANCE DIRECTIVES. (ROGERS L) Allows an individual to make a health care advance directive that gives instructions or expresses preferences or desires concerning any aspect of the individual's health care or health information and to designate a health care representative to make health care decisions and receive health information for the individual. Consolidates definitions of "life prolonging procedures". Requires the state department of health to prepare a sample advance directive. Provides that the appointment of a representative or attorney in fact to consent to health care that was legally executed before January 1, 2023, is valid as executed. Adds definitions of "notarial officer", "observe", "present", and "telephonic interaction" to allow a mentally competent declarant to sign an advance directive by using technology to interact in real time with a notarial officer or with two attesting witnesses. Specifies certain prerequisites when witnessing specified directives through telephonic interaction. Provides for remote witnessing or signing of separate paper counterparts that are assembled later into a complete composite paper advance directive. Provides that the new health care directive provisions do not affect the consent provisions concerning abortion or a minor's medical or hospital care and treatment with respect to the minor's pregnancy, delivery, or postpartum care. Provides that an attending advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant may perform the same functions and have the same responsibilities as an attending physician for purposes of an out of hospital do not resuscitate declaration. Adds cross references. Defines certain terms. Makes conforming changes. Makes technical changes.
 Current Status:   4/16/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Recent Status:   4/14/2021 - Received by the Governor
4/14/2021 - Signed by the President of the Senate
 State Bill Page:   SB204
 
SB240FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION. (BROWN L) Requires the office of women's health to perform certain actions relating to female genital mutilation. Provides that a child is a child in need of services if before the child becomes 18 years of age the child is a victim of female genital mutilation. Provides that a person who: (1) knowingly or intentionally performs the act of female genital mutilation on a child who is less than 18 years of age; (2) is a parent, guardian, or custodian of a child and consents to, permits, or facilitates the act of female genital mutilation to be performed on the child; or (3) knowingly transports or facilitates the transportation of a child for the purpose of having the act of female genital mutilation performed on the child; commits the offense of female genital mutilation, a Level 3 felony. Provides a defense to prosecution of female genital mutilation. Provides certain circumstances where a defense to prosecution of female genital mutilation does not apply. Defines "female genital mutilation". Provides that the license of a physician or a licensed health care professional shall be permanently revoked if the physician or licensed health care professional commits the offense of female genital mutilation. Provides that a person who has reason to believe that a child may be a victim of female genital mutilation has a duty to report the child abuse or neglect. Provides that an action for civil female genital mutilation must be commenced not later than 10 years after the eighteenth birthday of the child. Provides that a victim may seek certain remedies in an action against the defendant for civil female genital mutilation.
 Current Status:   4/16/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Recent Status:   4/14/2021 - Received by the Governor
4/14/2021 - Signed by the President of the Senate
 State Bill Page:   SB240
 
SB292PUBLICATION OF HEALTH FACILITY REPORTING. (BREAUX J) Requires the state department of health to compile case and death data related to COVID-19 reported by health facilities and residential care facilities in a specified manner and publish the information on the state department's Internet web site. Requires the state department to update the data at least every seven days. Provides that the reporting and publishing requirements expire April 1, 2022.
 Current Status:   4/29/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Recent Status:   4/28/2021 - Received by the Governor
4/22/2021 - Signed by the Speaker
 State Bill Page:   SB292
 
SB325HOSPITALS. (BUSCH J) Requires certain nonprofit hospitals to hold an annual public forum for the purposes of: (1) obtaining feedback from the community about the nonprofit hospital's performance in the previous year; (2) discussing the pricing of health services provided at the nonprofit hospital; and (3) discussing the contributions made by the nonprofit hospital to the community. Requires a nonprofit hospital, at least 14 days before the public forum, to post on the nonprofit hospital's Internet web site: (1) a notice stating the date, time, location, and purposes of the public forum; and (2) information relating to the subjects to be discussed at the public forum. Allows the public forum to be held, either all or in part, through an interactive real time audio and video meeting that is accessible to the community through the Internet. Changes the date that ambulatory outpatient surgical centers are required to begin posting certain pricing information from March 31, 2021, to December 31, 2021. Specifies that the pricing information posted is the standard charge rather than the weighted average negotiated charge and sets forth what is included in the standard charge. Specifies that if an ambulatory outpatient surgical center offers less than 30 additional services, the center is required to post all of the services the center provides. Requires a hospital to post pricing information in compliance with the federal Hospital Price Transparency Rule of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as in effect on January 1, 2021, if: (1) the federal Hospital Price Transparency Rule is repealed; or (2) federal enforcement of the federal Hospital Price Transparency Rule is stopped. Requires a health carrier to hold an annual public forum. Specifies information to be discussed at the health carrier public forum and information to be disclosed before the forum. Makes conforming changes.
 Current Status:   4/29/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Recent Status:   4/28/2021 - Received by the Governor
4/28/2021 - Signed by the Speaker
 State Bill Page:   SB325
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SB365IMMUNITY FOR PHYSICIAN WELLNESS PROGRAMS. (CRIDER M) Defines "wellness program". Specifies that the proceedings and deliberations of a wellness program are confidential. Specifies certain exceptions. Provides that all minutes, records, reports, written expert opinions, written communications, and other comparable memoranda prepared or created by a wellness program are privileged. Specifies certain exceptions. Prohibits all wellness program personnel and participants from revealing or disclosing the substance of wellness program communications, records, and determinations to any person or entity outside of the wellness program. Specifies certain exceptions. Allows a court to order in writing the release of confidential or privileged information belonging to a wellness program after a hearing if the court makes specified findings. Provides that the exchange of confidential or privileged information or memoranda between wellness groups does not result in the waiver of applicable confidentiality and privilege provisions. Provides that confidentiality and privilege provisions applicable to certain records do not make the records inaccessible to people or entities that would otherwise be eligible to receive or access the records under existing state or federal law. Provides that the confidentiality and privilege provisions applicable to wellness groups do not abrogate, limit, or restrict any other privacy protection applicable to a patient or the patient's health or medical information. Specifies that certain individuals may not be named as a party in a civil suit in connection with certain actions taken with respect to a wellness program. Provides that a member, consultant, or participant who comprises or participates in a wellness program is not required to report a licensed physician to the medical licensing board for any act, omission, statement, discovery, or disclosure unless the licensed physician presents a threat to himself or herself, to his or her patients, or to the general public.
 Current Status:   4/22/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Recent Status:   4/21/2021 - Received by the Governor
4/21/2021 - Signed by the President of the Senate
 State Bill Page:   SB365
 
SB416HOSPITALS AND CERTIFICATES OF PUBLIC ADVANTAGE. (FORD J) Establishes a certificate of public advantage (certificate) pertaining to mergers between hospitals located in counties that meet certain requirements to be issued by the state department of health (state department). Provides that a hospital that has been issued a certificate may not be purchased by another hospital or system of hospitals unless the purchase has been approved by the Federal Trade Commission. Sets forth the procedure and standards for obtaining a certificate and maintaining the certificate. Requires the state department to establish fees for the application of a certificate and the monitoring of an entity holding a certificate in an amount reasonably sufficient to fully fund the costs of the review and supervision of the application. Provides that for the first five years that a hospital is operating under a certificate the hospital: (1) may not increase the charge for each individual service that the hospital offers by more than the increase in the Consumer Price Index for Medical Care; and (2) must invest the realized cost savings for the benefit of the community. Requires a hospital the has been issued a certificate to file an annual report. Allows the office of the attorney general to issue an investigative demand concerning the issuance or maintenance of a certificate. Provides for an appeal of a determination made by the state department concerning the issuance or maintenance of a certificate.
 Current Status:   4/22/2021 - SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
 Recent Status:   4/21/2021 - Received by the Governor
4/21/2021 - Signed by the President of the Senate
 State Bill Page:   SB416
 
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