Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 239

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 16-18-2-346.5 ; IC 16-41-41 .

Synopsis: Stroke prevention task force. Establishes the stroke prevention task force to develop stroke prevention initiatives. Requires the task force to annually submit a report to the governor and the commissioner of the state department of health.

Effective: July 1, 2003.





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    January 9, 2003, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider Services.







Introduced

First Regular Session 113th General Assembly (2003)


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SENATE BILL No. 239



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning health.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. IC 16-18-2-346.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2003]: Sec. 346.5. "Task force", for purposes of IC 16-41-41 , has the meaning set forth in IC 16-41-41-1.
    SECTION 2. IC 16-41-41 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2003]:
     Chapter 41. Stroke Prevention Task Force
    Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "task force" refers to the stroke prevention task force established by section 2 of this chapter.
    Sec. 2. The stroke prevention task force is established.
    Sec. 3. (a) The task force consists of nine (9) members as follows:
        (1) Two (2) representatives of a stroke support organization.
        (2) Four (4) individuals with expertise in stroke, including at least:
            (A) one (1) physician with an unlimited license to practice medicine under IC 25-22.5; and


            (B) one (1) psychologist with a license to practice psychology under IC 25-33.
        (3) One (1) health care provider (as defined in 16-18-2-163) that provides services to persons who have had a stroke.
        (4) The commissioner of the state department or the commissioner's designee.
        (5) The secretary of family and social services or the secretary's designee.
    (b) The members of the task force designated by subsection (a)(1) through (a)(3) shall be appointed by the governor.
    Sec. 4. Each member of the task force serves a term of four (4) years. A member appointed to fill a vacancy holds office for the remainder of the unexpired term.

     Sec. 5. Five (5) members of the task force constitute a quorum for transacting all business of the task force.
    Sec. 6. The task force shall elect by majority vote one (1) of its members as chairperson and one (1) of its members as vice chairperson. The chairperson and vice chairperson serve a term of one (1) year.
    Sec. 7. The task force shall meet at least quarterly.
    Sec. 8. The state department shall provide staff for the task force.
    Sec. 9. (a) Each member of the task force who is not a state employee is not entitled to the minimum salary per diem provided by IC 4-10-11-2.1 (b). The member is, however, entitled to reimbursement for traveling expenses as provided under IC 4-13-1-4 and other expenses actually incurred in connection with the member's duties as provided in the state policies and procedures established by the Indiana department of administration and approved by the budget agency.
    (b) Each member of the task force who is a state employee is entitled to reimbursement for traveling expenses as provided under IC 4-13-1-4 and other expenses actually incurred in connection with the member's duties as provided in the state policies and procedures established by the Indiana department of administration and approved by the budget agency.
    (c) The compensation and expenses of the task force members and the expenses of the task force shall be paid out of the state general fund.
    Sec. 10. The task force shall do the following:
        (1) Develop and implement a comprehensive statewide public education program on stroke prevention, targeted to high risk

populations and to geographic areas where there is a high incidence of stroke.
        (2) Recommend and disseminate guidelines on the treatment of stroke patients, including emergency stroke care.
        (3) Ensure that the public and health care providers are informed regarding the most effective strategies for stroke prevention.
        (4) Advise the state department on awarding grants to providers of emergency medical services and to hospitals for the purpose of improving care to stroke patients.
        (5) Prepare a report each year on the operation of the task force and provide the report to the following:
            (A) The governor.
            (B) The commissioner of the state department.