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New Laws Effective July 1

Posted Jun 25, 20242 min Read

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On July 1, several new laws enacted during the 2024 legislative session, which concluded in March, will go into effect. This includes most of the provisions in IHCA/INCAL-supported Senate Enrolled Act 132 and House Enrolled Act 1259 – relating to the PathWays for Aging program, licensing and more.

Check out these policy changes headed our way July 1:

SEA 132:

Establishes the Temporary Emergency Financial Assistance Program for the PathWays for Aging program, which triggers an advance payment to providers who participated in the claims testing process if any of the following condition are met:

A provider’s billing period denial rate from a managed care organization exceeds 15% of appropriately submitted claims;

A provider has not received payment for at least $25,000 in aggregate claims under the program from a managed care organization 21 days after appropriately submitting claims;

A managed care organization’s claim submission system experiences failure or overload, as determined by the Medicaid Director; or

Other circumstances at the discretion of the Medicaid director.

Improves licensure requirements for foreign graduate nurses by:

Fixing foreign nurse graduate license issue re-applications by examination vs. endorsement (in alignment with current Indiana Professional Licensing Agency policy);

Allowing members of the National Credential Evaluation Services to screen foreign graduate nurses (previously limited to just CGFNS International);

Clarifying the necessity of foreign graduate nurses having to pass NCLEX;

Providing flexibility with English proficiency standards in lieu of being required to take an English proficiency examination; and

Making conforming changes to Indiana Administrative Code.

Improving HFA/RCA licensure requirements by:

Making technical corrections from HEA 1461-2023 re. HFA/RCA licenses; and

Addressing statutory incongruencies with educational requirements, specifically clarifying that a specialized 200-hour course is voluntary as a part of an applicant’s AIT program.

HEA 1259:

Eliminating the 18-month experience requirement for clinical preceptors.

Requiring the State Board of Nursing to adopt rules by July 1, 2025, specific to clinical preceptor requirements in IC 25-23-1-20.3.

Allowing a majority of nursing program faculty to be part-time beginning July 1, 2024 (previously prohibited).

If you have any questions about new laws, please do not hesitate to reach out to IHCA Government Affairs Director, Nick Goodwin, at ngoodwin@ihca.org. Thank you!

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