Health matters

H.E.A. 1269, P.L. 185-2015
Effective: §§1-11, 13-20, 25-27, 29-31 effective July 1, 2015; §12 effective January 1, 2016; §§21-24, 28 effective May 5, 2015.

Makes the department of correction (DOC) an inmate’s authorized representative for applying for Medicaid for inmates who are potentially eligible for Medicaid and who incur medical care expenses that are not otherwise reimbursable. Requires the DOC and the office of the secretary of family and social services to enter into an agreement in which the DOC pays the state share of the Medicaid costs incurred for the inmate. Makes the sheriff the individual’s authorized representative for applying for Medicaid for individuals subject to lawful detention who are potentially eligible for Medicaid. Requires a county executive to enter into an agreement with the office of the secretary of Family and Social Services to pay the state share of the Medicaid costs incurred for the individuals. Specifies reimbursement for the services provided. Provides that the DOC or the sheriff shall assist a committed offender in applying for Medicaid and securing certain treatment upon discharge from the DOC or a county jail. Specifies providers that may be used to provide treatment for DOC inmates and county jail offenders.

Extends the date: (1) by which a midwife is required to submit certain information to obtain an exemption from certain certification requirements; and (2) after which practicing midwifery without a certificate is a felony. Amends the midwife birth certification requirements. Provides for coverage of telemedicine services under a policy of accident and sickness insurance and a health maintenance contract. Prohibits a health care provider from being required to obtain a separate additional written health care consent for the provision of telemedicine services. Provides immunity for a physician who signs a collaborative agreement with a certified direct entry midwife except in cases of gross negligence or reckless conduct. Provides immunity for a health care provider that employs a physician who signs or has signed a collaborative agreement with a certified direct entry midwife for certain acts or omissions.

The full law is available at: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/house/1269