Prepared by: Andrew Alvarez
Report created on March 1, 2024
 
HB1067IDD TASK FORCE AND PROGRAM OVERSIGHT BOARDS. (CLERE E) Amends the membership of and provisions concerning: (1) the Indiana state commission on aging; and (2) the community and home options to institutional care for the elderly and disabled board. Requires the services for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities task force (task force) to establish, not later than May 1, 2024, a subcommittee to make recommendations to the task force regarding the Medicaid buy-in program and benefit related barriers to employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Requires the subcommittee to prepare and submit recommendations to the task force not later than October 1, 2024. Changes the expiration date of the task force from December 31, 2025, to December 31, 2024. Requires the division of disability and rehabilitative services to provide quarterly updates to the division of disability and rehabilitative services advisory council regarding the implementation of recommendations made by the task force.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - Committee Report do pass, adopted
 
HB1156REPORT ON MEDICAID BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS SERVICES. (GREENE R) Requires the office of the secretary of family and social services to prepare and submit a report to specified entities concerning data on the provision of applied behavior analysis services in the Medicaid program.
 Current Status:   2/5/2024 - Referred to Senate Health and Provider Services
 
HB1187SPECIAL SERVICE REVIEW TEAM AND EMERGENCY PLACEMENT. (OLTHOFF J) Establishes the special service review team to review denied applications and applications for which a determination has not been made for the community integration and habilitation waiver. Limits the geographical area of review. Establishes reporting requirements. Requires the division of disability and rehabilitative services to obtain consent from a waiver applicant in order to share the application and information accompanying the application with the review team. Provides immunity for an employee who obtains consent and provides the information in good faith. Provides that the review team expires December 31, 2026. Makes changes to the situations in which an emergency placement priority may be provided for individuals under a Medicaid waiver.
 Current Status:   2/19/2024 - added as cosponsor Senator Bohacek
 
HB1243VARIOUS EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE RELATED MATTERS. (BEHNING R) Makes various changes to the education law concerning the following: (1) Indiana diploma requirements and designations and satisfying certain course requirements by obtaining a diploma. (2) The criteria to receive a waiver from postsecondary readiness competency requirements. (3) The minimum number of alternate diplomas that may be counted in determining a school's or school corporation's graduation rate. (4) Use of the terms "statewide assessment program" and "statewide summative assessment". (5) The responsibilities of the state advisory council on the education of children with disabilities. (6) The criteria an individual must meet to participate in the Indiana high school equivalency diploma program. Requires the following: (1) Each public high school to offer, after June 30, 2028, at least once each school year at least one computer science course as a separate subject in the public high school's curriculum. (2) The department, in revising and updating academic standards, to consider integrating computer science standards into a subject area being revised. (3) Beginning with the cohort of students who are expected to graduate from a public school or a state accredited nonpublic school in 2029, a student to successfully complete instruction on computer science as a separate subject before the student may graduate. (4) Each public school to participate in an annual statewide survey concerning school fees charged to students or parents to be eligible to receive a distribution from the curricular materials fund. (5) The department to develop proposals to align diploma waiver statutes with new diploma requirements. (6) Charter schools to post certain information. Provides that the state board of education may allow a computer science course to satisfy one or more diploma course requirements. Requires a new hire report to be filed electronically and for the report to contain certain information regarding the hire. Provides that each workforce focused agency shall deliver a workforce related program report to the management performance hub. Requires the management performance hub to compile the workforce related program reports into an annual data product. Removes provisions regarding the application and waiver of requirements concerning the percentage of state tuition support that must be used for teacher compensation. Removes provisions that have expired concerning high school graduation requirements and graduation waivers. Removes language concerning the disqualification of certain students for state scholarships, grants, or assistance administered by the commission for higher education and provides that a student may not receive or use any state scholarships, grants, or assistance administered by the commission for certain noncredit-bearing, nondegree seeking courses. Amends the expiration date for the high school equivalency pilot program to June 30, 2026. (The current expiration date is June 30, 2024.) Allows school corporations to provide certain notices regarding expulsion meetings by electronic mail. Provides each school corporation, charter school, and state accredited nonpublic school shall include in its curriculum for students enrolled in grade 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 (instead of all high school students) instruction concerning personal financial responsibility. Provides that the department may authorize school corporations or charter schools to cancel school on April 8, 2024, or use the day as a virtual student instructional day for the observance of the solar eclipse occurring on that date.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - Committee Report amend do pass, adopted
 
HB1414VARIOUS HEALTH CARE MATTERS. (KARICKHOFF M) Requires the budget committee to review certain contracts with managed care organizations for the Medicaid program. Allows a managed care organization and a Medicaid provider to enter into a value based health care reimbursement agreement. Prohibits a managed care organization from imposing on a provider a reimbursement rate or payment methodology through a notice of contract change, a policy, or a provider manual change. Allows for case rate reimbursement for emergency services. Requires a managed care organization to contract with any willing provider if the provider: (1) meets licensure and certification requirements and enrollment criteria; and (2) agrees accept the terms and conditions of the managed care organization to provide services under the risk based managed care program; for Medicaid recipients who are eligible to participate in the Medicare program and receive nursing facility services or home and community based services (program). Requires the office of the secretary of family and social services to establish minimum reimbursement rates for covered services under the program. Requires a health plan to make current prior authorization requirements and restrictions accessible on the health plan's website. Prohibits the implementation of a new or amended prior authorization requirement or restriction unless certain conditions are met. Requires a health plan to release statistics concerning prior authorization and submit a report concerning the statistics to the department of insurance. Provides that a contracting entity may not grant a third party access to the provider network contract or to dental services or contractual discounts provided under the provider network contract unless certain conditions are satisfied. Provides that any provider that is a party to the network contract must be allowed to choose not to participate in the third party access. Prohibits a contracting entity from: (1) altering the rights or status under a provider network contract of a dental provider that chooses not to participate in third party access; or (2) rejecting a provider as a party to a provider network contract because the provider chose not to participate in third party access. Authorizes enforcement by the insurance commissioner. Provides that if a covered individual assigns the covered individual's rights to benefits for dental services to the provider of the dental services, the dental carrier shall pay the benefits assigned by the covered individual to the provider of the dental services. Prohibits the provider from billing the covered individual if the provider is in the dental carrier's network.
 Current Status:   2/22/2024 - Committee Report amend do pass adopted; reassigned to Committee on Appropriations
 
SB132PROFESSIONS AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICES. (BROWN L) Authorizes the office of the secretary of family and social services to implement a risk based managed care program for certain Medicaid recipients. Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning to convene a workgroup and, with managed care organizations, to conduct a claims submission testing period before the risk based managed care program is established.~ Provides that, during the first 210 days after the risk based managed care program is implemented, a provider that experiences a financial emergency due to claims payment issues shall receive temporary emergency assistance from the managed care organizations with which the provider is contracted. Amends statutes concerning Medicaid provider agreements, health insurance reimbursement agreements, and Medicare supplement insurance to specify that a 15 day period consists of 15 business days. Requires the Indiana department of health to grant a hospital an extension of time to file the hospital's fiscal report if the hospital shows good cause for the extension. Removes an expired provision concerning hospital fiscal reports. Eliminates the requirement that a provider who is licensed in Indiana, physically located outside Indiana, but providing telehealth services to patients who are in Indiana, file a certification constituting a waiver of jurisdiction. Makes a number of changes in the law concerning health facility administrators, including eliminating the requirement that a health facility administrator display the individual's license in a prominent location in the individual's principal office and providing that a particular course of study for administrators in training is not mandatory. Specifies: (1) the manner in which certain nurse applicants may demonstrate English proficiency; (2) that a graduate of a foreign nursing school must pass a specified examination; and (3) additional credentialing verification assessment organizations for certain nurse applicants. Prohibits a third party administrator or another person from arranging for a dental provider to provide dental services for a dental plan that sets the amount of the fee for any dental services unless the dental services are covered services under the dental plan. Provides that a contracting entity (a dental carrier, a third party administrator, or another person that enters into a provider network contract with providers of dental services) may not grant a third party access to the provider network contract or to dental services or contractual discounts provided pursuant to the provider network contract unless certain conditions are satisfied. Provides that when a dental provider network contract is entered into, renewed, or materially modified, any provider that is a party to the network contract must be allowed to choose not to participate in the third party access. Prohibits a contracting entity from: (1) altering the rights or status under a provider network contract of a dental provider that chooses not to participate in third party access; or (2) rejecting a provider as a party to a provider network contract because the provider chose not to participate in third party access. Authorizes the insurance commissioner to issue a cease and desist order against a person that violates any of these prohibitions and, if the person violates the cease and desist order, to impose a civil penalty upon the person and suspend or revoke the person's certificate of authority. Provides that if a covered individual assigns the covered individual's rights to benefits for dental services to the provider of the dental services, the dental carrier shall pay the benefits assigned by the covered individual to the provider of the dental services. However, prohibits the provider from billing the covered individual (except for a copayment, coinsurance, or a deductible amount) if the provider is in the dental carrier's network. Requires the Indiana state board of nursing to amend a specified administrative rule to conform with this act. Requires the medical licensing board to study certain rules concerning office based setting accreditations and report to the general assembly.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - Senate Concurred in House Amendments ; Roll Call 241: yeas 45, nays 0
 
SB148WORKFORCE DATA COLLECTION. (BROWN L) Requires the division of disability and rehabilitative services (division), beginning 12 months after the direct support professional registry is implemented, to post monthly on the division's website the total number of individuals registered under the registry. Requires the division to present information concerning the total number of individuals registered to the division of disability and rehabilitative services advisory council at least quarterly. Requires reports of newly hired employees to be filed electronically. Requires employers to provide an employee's current primary standardized occupational classification code and starting compensation on a report of a newly hired employee. Provides that each workforce focused agency shall deliver a workforce related program report to the management performance hub. Requires the management performance hub to: (1) compile the workforce related program reports into an annual data product; and (2) make the data product available to each workforce focused agency. Makes conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   2/29/2024 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 250: yeas 93, nays 0
 

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