Bill Watch List
As of 1/11/2016
Senate Bills 1-382
House bills 1001 – 1274
This bill list is incomplete as additional bills will be posted. If interested in a bill, please click on the link to see the entire bill. To follow the legislature, go to www.in.gov/legislative.
INALA PRIORITY SENATE BILLS
SB1 Senator Steele: Administrative law. Replaces administrative law judges and environmental law judges with an administrative court that conducts administrative hearings and other duties formerly conducted by administrative law judges and environmental law judges.
SB70. Senator Kruse: Fire prevention and building safety commission. Requires the fire prevention and building safety commission to adopt by rules the most recent edition, including addenda, of the NFPA 70 (National Electric Code) and to adopt any subsequent edition of the NFPA 70, including addenda, within 18 months after the effective date of the subsequent edition
SB152 Senators Steele & Charbonneau: Medical malpractice. Increases the maximum amount recoverable for an injury or a death of a patient in a medical malpractice action from $1,250,000 to $1,650,000 after December 31, 2016. Increases the maximum amount recoverable from a health care provider in a medical malpractice action from $250,000 to $450,000 after December 31, 2016. Requires the insurance commissioner to increase these maximum amounts based on percentage increases of the Consumer Price Index (CPI): (1) beginning January 1, 2019, if there was an overall CPI percentage increase for calendar years 2016, 2017, and 2018; and (2) on January 1 every four calendar years. Allows a patient to commence a medical malpractice action without submitting a complaint to a medical review panel if the patient seeks damages in an amount not greater than $75,000. (Current law states the amount must be not greater than $15,000.) Provides that the cost of a periodic payments agreement expended by a health care provider must exceed: (1) $187,000 for an occurrence of medical malpractice that occurs before January 1, 2017; and (2) 75% of the maximum amount a health care provider is responsible for an occurrence of medical malpractice that occurs after December 31, 2016. Provides that a party, attorney, or panelist who fails to act as required under the medical malpractice law is subject to mandate and appropriate sanctions, including: (1) entry of a default judgment as to liability; and (2) allowing a case to be commenced in a court without presenting the case to a medical review panel. Amends the amount of attorney’s fees a plaintiff’s attorney may recover in a medical malpractice action. Makes conforming amendments
SB225 Senator Eckerly: Property tax exemption for affordable housing. Establishes standards for affordable housing property to be exempt from property taxation when the property does not otherwise qualify for a property tax exemption. Specifies application requirements
SB316 Senator Charbonneau: Nursing home complaint registry. Establishes the health facility investigation disclosure registry (registry) to be implemented and maintained by the state department of health (state department). Sets forth requirements of the registry. Requires certain investigatory entities to report substantiated complaints concerning a health facility to the state department for inclusion in the registry. Requires a health facility to disclose to certain individuals information concerning a substantiated complaint in the registry. Allows the state department to fine a health facility for failing to disclose information concerning the substantiated complaint
SB350 Senator Raatz. Criminal history background checks for home health workers. Requires a home health agency or personal services agency to obtain a national criminal history background check on employees. (Current law requires a limited criminal history record unless certain circumstances exist that would require a national criminal history background check or an expanded criminal history background check.)
SB 376 Senators Arnold and Broden: Property tax exemption for affordable housing. Establishes standards for affordable housing property to be exempt from property taxation when the property does not otherwise qualify for a property tax exemption. Specifies application requirements.
SENATE BILLS TO WATCH:
SB12 Senator Young: Financial crimes against the elderly. Permits a financial institution to release certain financial records to a law enforcement agency or adult protective services unit if the financial institution reasonably suspects illegal activity in connection with the account, and provides immunity to a financial institution that releases, or does not release, this information.
SB76 Senator Banks: Military service and Medicaid eligibility. Allows an individual (and the individual’s dependent) who is: (1) an active member of the armed services of the United States or the national guard; (2) a legal Indiana resident; (3) assigned for duty or deployed outside Indiana; and (4) eligible for Medicaid waiver services or Medicaid assistance; to maintain Medicaid eligibility and remain on Medicaid waiver waiting lists
SB84 Senator Breaux: Guardian power to request health records. Amends the health records law to authorize the guardian of a patient who was incompetent to request health records of the patient after the patient’s death.
SB145 Senators Banks & Mishler: Unclaimed remains of veterans. Requires the Indiana department of veterans’ affairs to: (1) establish standards for approval of veterans’ service organizations; (2) maintain a list of approved veterans’ service organizations; and (3) publish the list on the department’s Internet web site. Allows a licensed funeral director to release: (1) verification information as to whether a veteran or dependent of a veteran is eligible for burial in a state or national cemetery; and (2) cremated remains; to a veterans’ service organization if certain conditions apply. Requires a veterans’ service organization to: (1) transport cremated remains to a state or national cemetery; (2) inter, entomb, or inurn cremated remains in a state or national cemetery in accordance with applicable state and federal law; and (3) provide written information concerning the location of the cremated remains to a funeral director. Establishes certain immunity from civil liability for veterans’ service organizations and funeral directors.
SB153 Senator Steele: Creditor claims against a decedent’s estate. Extends, from nine months after the death of the decedent to one year after the death of the decedent, the time certain creditors of a decedent have a right to bring a claim against the decedent’s estate.
SB162 Senator Miller: Hospital employee immunizations. Requires a hospital to administer or make available to be administered certain immunizations to hospital employees upon the employee’s consent. Provides for exceptions.
SB163 Senator Miller: Department of health matters. Allows the state department of health (state department) to use information from the cancer registry to conduct an investigation into the incidence of cancer diagnosis in a geographic region and to share the information with a local health department if certain conditions are met. Allows the state department to detain certain food that has been determined to be adulterated or misbranded for 15 days. (Current law allows the detention for five days.) Allows a local child fatality team to investigate the death of a child whose death occurred in the area served by the local child Department of health matters. Requires that a report must be submitted to the state child fatality review coordinator before July 1 each year.
SB206 Senator Miller: FSSA matters. Allows the secretary of family and social services (secretary) to delegate appointment authorities, the issuance of certain orders, and other acts to carry out the functions of the divisions to an individual. Authorizes the secretary to adopt rules concerning the implementation and administration of the early education grant pilot program. Changes references from intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded to intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Creates an exception for state institutions concerning advanced practice nurses acting under a collaborative agreement with a practitioner, requiring that the nurse act under privileges granted by the medical FSSA matters. Allows the secretary of family and social services (secretary) to delegate appointment authorities, the issuance of certain orders, and other acts to carry out the functions of the divisions to an individual. Authorizes the secretary to adopt rules concerning the implementation and administration of the early education grant pilot program. Changes references from intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded to intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Creates an exception for state institutions concerning advanced practice nurses acting under a collaborative agreement with a practitioner, requiring that the nurse act under privileges granted by the medical staff of the institution
SB221 Senator Eckerly: Securities and financial protection. Defines “qualified individual” as an individual associated with a broker-dealer who serves in a supervisory, compliance, or legal capacity as part of the individual’s job. Provides that “protective agencies” refers to the adult protective services unit and the securities commissioner. Requires that a qualified individual who has reason to believe that financial exploitation of an endangered adult has occurred, has been attempted, or is being attempted shall make a report and notify the protective agencies.
SB231 Senator Grooms. Immunizations provided by pharmacists. 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).
SB272 Senator Lanane: Palliative care and quality of life advisory council. Establishes the palliative care and quality of life advisory council, and sets forth member requirements. Specifies the purpose and duties of the advisory council.
SB331 Senator Zakas: Adult permanent guardianship cases. Provides that, in a proceeding on a petition for adult permanent guardianship, if the court finds that the appointment of a guardian is necessary, the court shall transmit to the division of state court administration certain information for transmission to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in accordance with the federal Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. Makes corresponding amendments.
SB353 Senator Head. Funding of lawsuits. Establishes a procedure by which a company may provide funding to the plaintiff in an action in exchange for the contingent right to receive a part of the potential proceeds of the action. Requires a company that offers funding to plaintiffs to register with the attorney general
SB364 Senator Bassler: Medicaid provider audits. Sets forth requirements for Medicaid recovery audits of Medicaid providers
INALA PRIORITY HOUSE BILLS
NONE FILED TO DATE
HOUSE BILLS TO WATCH
HB1084 Rep Shackleford: Hepatitis C reporting. Requires providers to report certain information to the local or state health department concerning a patient who is diagnosed with hepatitis C.
HB1100 Rep Schaibley: Missing persons information distribution. Requires the Indiana clearinghouse for information on missing children and missing endangered adults to publish the photographs of missing children and missing endangered adults on the clearinghouse’s Internet web site or in hard copy.
HB1176 Rep Kirchhofer: Diabetes incidence plan and report. Requires the state department of health, the state personnel department, and the office of the secretary of family and social services to: (1) collaborate to reduce the incidence of diabetes and diabetes complications in Indiana; (2) submit a report to the general assembly by January 1, 2017, including current diabetes related information and recommendations; and (3) report updated information to the general assembly by January 1, 2019.
HB1200 Rep Zent: Emergency services protocols for stroke patients. Requires the emergency medical services commission to adopt rules concerning protocols for the identification, transport, and treatment of stroke patients by personnel providing emergency medical services. Urges the legislative council to assign during the 2016 interim the topic of establishing and implementing a statewide plan for the improvement of care in Indiana for stroke patients.
HB1226 Rep Bacon: Medicaid provider audits. Sets forth requirements for Medicaid recovery audits of Medicaid providers.
HB 1263 Rep Kirchhofer: Prescriptions and telemedicine. Sets forth requirements that must be met before a prescriber may prescribe medicine to a patient receiving telemedicine services.
HB 1272. Rep Zent: Professional licensing matters. Requires a practitioner to provide the Indiana professional licensing agency (agency) with certain information concerning continuing education. (Current law requires a practitioner to provide the information to a specific board.) Allows an individual who holds a professional or occupational license and is called to active duty to fulfill all continuing education requirements through distance learning. Allows the agency to conduct random audits of license renewals of practitioners required to take continuing education courses. Provides that an employee of the agency must keep information concerning a complaint regarding a regulated occupation confidential unless disclosure is required under law, required for the advancement of an investigation, or made to a law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction or is reasonably believed to have jurisdiction over a person or matter involved in the complaint