Legislative Session Ends Positively for IAAAA Issues

Despite the wild ending to the 2018 Indiana General Assembly that resulted in Governor Holcomb calling for a special session to complete unfinished business, the legislative session ended positively for concerns IAAAA supported.

Our top priority, HEA 1317, creates greater transparency and due diligence in the designation of Area Agency on Aging service regions, clarifies eligible uses of the CHOICE program, and ensures the Indiana CHOICE Board has adequate notice and time to provide input on changes to the CHOICE program. Administered by Indiana’s Area Agency on Agencies (AAAs), CHOICE provides resources for qualified older adults and people with disabilities that help them live and age in their own homes with safety and dignity.

Also passing was HEA 1119, which makes several important updates Indiana’s POST law, including recognizing POST forms from other states and expanding POST signature authority to certain advanced care practitioners. The bill also codifies orders of priority in health care decision making to help reduce intra-family conflict and ensure critically ill persons receive prompt care in accordance with their personal wishes.
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Statehouse Update and Public Policy Agenda

Who remembers the lessons learned in the Schoolhouse Rock segment, “I’m Just a Bill?”. Believe it or not, it’s a fairly accurate representation of how bills become laws in the Indiana General Assembly.

As legislators near completion of committee hearings for the second-half of the 2018 Indiana General Assembly, there are a number of bills still moving forward that impact older adults and persons with disabilities, and their families and caregivers. Some of the promising proposals for which IAAAA has provided supportive testimony include:

  • Updating Indiana’s POST law and establishing orders of priority in health care decision making. (HB 1119)
  • Establishing a nursing faculty loan repayment grant program to alleviate provider shortages. (SB 28)
  • Ensuring Medicaid pays hospice providers for services rendered. (SB 62)
  • Ensuring appropriate and efficient levels of occupancy in nursing facilities. (SB 190)
  • Ensuring consistent property tax assessment for non-profit affordable housing. (SB 213)

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