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2019 Indiana Legislative Session Closes, First Bills Signed

from Covering Kids and Families Indiana:

As expected, the legislative session in Indiana ended with a flurry of activity surrounding key issues that had been discussed since the Indiana General Assembly convened in January. Many bills still await the final step of Governor Holcomb's signature before becoming law, but several key items impacting families and children have already passed this stage:

This bill provides for greater penalties for school bus arm infractions, creates rules for safe school bus stop locations and creates funding mechanisms for school bus arm cameras among many other school bus safety enhancements.

This bill provides that Medicaid pregnancy services may include reimbursement for doula services and allows the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) to seek appropriate state plan amendments and create rules to help implement this change.

This bill sets forth requirements and error reporting rules for brokers of non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) under the Medicaid fee-for-service program. It also establishes the non-emergency medical transportation commission as an entity to assist in providing oversight for NEMT services. Lastly, it requires FSSA to prepare a report concerning NEMT Medicaid claims and submit the report to the commission.

This bill allows for participation by the state in a multi-state nurse licensure compact. It also contains provisions including nurse qualifications, the creation of a compact commission, state board of nursing authority in relation to the compact, a coordinated licensure information system and other oversight and rule-making provisions.

Many additional bills of interest are still waiting the Governor's signature including HB 1631, which expands the use of Short-Term Limited-Duration plans and HB 1628, which expands the On My Way Pre-K program statewide. Both are expected to be signed.

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