February 28, 2003





SENATE BILL No. 239

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DIGEST OF SB 239 (Updated February 26, 2003 4:19 PM - DI 104)



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

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, the commissioner of the state department of health, and the legislative council. Expires the task force on June 30, 2007.

Effective: July 1, 2003.





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    January 9, 2003, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider Services.
    February 27, 2003, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.






February 28, 2003

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 eleven (11) 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) One (1) representative of the Indiana State Medical Association.
        (5) One (1) representative of the Indiana Hospital and Health Association.
        (6) The commissioner of the state department or the commissioner's designee.
        (7) The assistant secretary of the office of Medicaid policy and planning established by IC 12-8-6-1 or the assistant secretary's designee.
    (b) The members of the task force designated by subsection (a)(1) through (a)(5) shall be appointed by the governor and must represent all geographic regions of the state.
    (c) The governor shall appoint one (1) member of the commission to be the chair of the commission and one (1) member of the commission to be the vice chair of the commission.
    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. Seven (7) members of the task force constitute a quorum for transacting all business of the task force.
    Sec. 6. The task force shall meet at least quarterly.
    Sec. 7. The state department shall provide staff for the task force.
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8. 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).
    Sec. 9. The task force may 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 public and private grant

opportunities for providers of emergency medical services and 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.

             (C) The legislative council.
    Sec. 10. This chapter expires June 30, 2007.


SB 239_LS 7159/DI 107

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