Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1653

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 12-15-11-7.

Synopsis: Medicaid services competitive bidding. Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning (office) to take specified action before deciding to begin the competitive bid process for certain items and services. Requires the office to ensure that: (1) the competitive bidding procedure is open to all persons currently providing the item or service for the Medicaid program; and (2) the bidding specifications are not written to give an advantage to an out-of-state company.

Effective: July 1, 2009.





Austin, Brown C




    January 16, 2009, read first time and referred to Committee on Public Health.







Introduced

First Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2009)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1653



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

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

SOURCE: IC 12-15-11-7; (09)IN1653.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 12-15-11-7 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2009]: Sec. 7. (a) The office may seek competitive bids for the following items or services provided under Medicaid:
        (1) Prescribed drugs and services for state operated institutions.
        (2) Physical therapy and other therapeutic services.
        (3) Prescribed laboratory and x-ray services.
        (4) Eyeglasses and prosthetic devices.
        (5) Medical equipment and supplies.
        (6) Transportation services.
     (b) Before the office may begin the competitive bid process for an item or service listed in subsection (a), the office shall do the following:
        (1) Communicate with persons and companies that are currently providing the item or service in the Medicaid program to determine if the companies and persons are capable of lowering the cost or increasing efficiency in

providing the item or service in the Medicaid program without going through the competitive bidding process.
        (2) Analyze the potential loss of jobs and tax revenue if the Indiana companies or persons that are currently providing the item or service are no longer allowed to provide the item or service because of a competitive bid contract being awarded to a company or person that does not have current, substantial operations in Indiana.
    (c) If the office decides to seek competitive bids after completing the requirements under subsection (b), the office shall ensure that:
        (1) the competitive bidding procedure is open to all companies and persons that currently provide the item or service in the Medicaid program; and

         (2) the bid specifications are not written to give an advantage to an out-of-state company.