HOUSE BILL No. 1171
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 submit an annual report. (The introduced version of
this bill was prepared by the commission on excellence in health care.)
Effective: July 1, 2004.
Brown C, Becker, Welch
January 13, 2004, read first time and referred to Committee on Rules and Legislative
Second Regular Session 113th General Assembly (2004)
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HOUSE BILL No. 1171
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 16-18-2-346.5; (04)IN1171.1.1. -->
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, 2004]: Sec. 346.5. "Task force", for purposes
of IC 16-41-41, has the meaning set forth in IC 16-41-41-1.
SOURCE: IC 16-41-41; (04)IN1171.1.2. -->
SECTION 2. IC 16-41-41 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE
AS A NEW
CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2004]:
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 fifteen (15) members as
(1) The state health commissioner or the commissioner's
(2) The secretary of family and social services or the
(3) Two (2) representatives of a stroke support organization.
(4) Four (4) physicians with an unlimited license to practice
medicine under IC 25-22.5 and with expertise in stroke,
including at least:
(A) one (1) physician;
(B) one (1) neurologist;
(C) one (1) neuroradiologist; and
(D) one (1) emergency care physician who is a member of
the American College of Emergency Physicians.
(5) One (1) health care provider who provides rehabilitative
services to persons who have had a stroke.
(6) One (1) nurse with a license to practice under IC 25-23.
(7) One (1) representative nominated by the Indiana Health
and Hospital Association.
(8) One (1) representative from an emergency medical
services organization or provider.
(9) One (1) representative from the Indiana Minority Health
(10) One (1) stroke survivor or stroke survivor caregiver.
(11) One (1) recreational therapist who provides services to
persons who have had a stroke.
(b) The governor shall appoint the members of the task force
designated by subsection (a)(3) through (a)(11). The governor may
remove an appointed member for cause.
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. Eight (8) 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 each in those offices.
Sec. 7. The task force shall meet at least quarterly.
Sec. 8. The state department shall provide staff for the task
Sec. 9. The task force shall do the following:
(1) Complete a statewide comprehensive stroke needs
(2) 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.
(3) Recommend and disseminate guidelines on the treatment
of stroke patients, including emergency stroke care.
(4) Ensure that the public and health care providers are
informed regarding the most effective strategies for stroke
(5) Advise the state department concerning grant
opportunities for providers of emergency medical services
and for hospitals to improve care to stroke patients.
(6) Study and issue recommendations on other topics related
to stroke care and prevention as determined by the
(7) 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. The report under this clause
must be in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6.
Sec. 10. The expenses of the task force shall be paid from funds
appropriated to the state department.
Sec. 11. This chapter expires July 1, 2008.