2019 Legislative Session Wrap Up
The 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly recently concluded. This budget session produced 293 new laws out of the 1,344 bills authored this year.
Indiana Donated Dental (Dental Lifeline Network) received
$68,700 for the biennieum. A bill opposed by IDA that would have mandated electronic prescriptions failed to receive a hearing.
Two IDA-supported measures were introduced but failed to achieve passage: An increase in the tax on cigarettes and vaping products, and student loan forgiveness. A third IDA-supported measure, an enhanced definition of dentistry, was not introduced.
HEA 1569, introduced by IDA member Dr. Denny Zent, was passed. HEA 1569 removes a provision that requires a dental hygienist to obtain and maintain a national provider identifier number. It allows for the State Board of Dentistry to issue dental residency permits and dental faculty licenses. It also removes a provision that prohibits an Indiana dental school from having more than 10 percent of its full-time faculty licensed with an instructor's license
There was positive news in the Dental Medicaid front:
HEA 1308 passed, which sets forth standards on all Medicaid recovery audits. Also enacted was
SEA 392, which charges the Medicaid Advisory Committee to make recommendations on Medicaid reimbursement levels to the Legislature prior to November 1, 2019.
HEA 1546 specifies that after December 31, 2020, the prior authorization for health care services statute applies to the risk-based managed care Medicaid program and requires, after December 31, 2020, that a Medicaid managed care organization use a standardized prior authorization form prescribed by the Office of the Secretary of Family and Social Services.
Also passed was
HEA 1548, which accomplishes the following:
- Adds appointments by the Indiana Association of Health Plans and the Indiana Primary Care Association to the Medicaid Advisory Committee (MAC).
- Increases the membership of the committee by providing for the president pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to each appoint six members instead of one member.
- Provides that three of the members appointed by the president pro tempore and three of the members appointed by the speaker shall serve on a standing fiscal subcommittee of the committee.
- Requires that three of the members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and three of the members appointed by the president pro tempore be members of the minority party.
- Requires the committee to create a standing fiscal subcommittee.
- Provides that subcommittees of the committee may convene as often as needed. Requires the committee to review, study and make advisory recommendations by July 1, 2021
Look for a comprehensive update that will be available at the Midwest Dental Assembly at the IDPAC Silent Auction area. If you would like to volunteer as a legisative contact or just want to know more about advocacy, email
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