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House Bill 1678


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House Bill 1678

ARCHIVE (2007)

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DIGEST OF HB 1678 (Updated April 29, 2007 11:46 pm - DI 104)

Health matters. Provides for a tax credit related to small employer qualified wellness programs. Increases the cigarette tax by 44 cents per pack to fund various health related expenses. Allows an employer to take a tax credit for making a health benefit plan available to the employer's employees for the first two taxable years that the employer makes the health benefit plan available. Increases the income limit for Medicaid eligibility for pregnant women. Makes funding changes to the hospital care for the indigent program, the municipal disproportionate share program, and the Medicaid indigent care trust fund. Provides for continuous eligibility of a child under Medicaid and the children's health insurance program (CHIP) until the child becomes three years of age. Establishes the Indiana check-up plan (plan) and the Indiana check-up plan trust fund. Specifies requirements for the plan, including coverage, financial assistance, eligibility and enrollment, contracting, financial obligations, and funding requirements. Increases the CHIP eligibility family income limit. Requires the state department of health to establish standards for and certify a small employer qualified wellness program. Requires health insurers and health maintenance organizations to cover children up to 24 years old upon request. Allows certain small employers to join together to purchase group health insurance and allows the insurance commissioner and the office of the secretary of family and social services to develop a program to provide for such purchases. Requires the Indiana comprehensive health insurance association to administer plan benefits for high risk individuals insured under the plan. Requires application for necessary federal Medicaid approvals, including approval for presumptive eligibility for certain pregnant women and implementation of the plan. Establishes a plan task force. Requires the health finance commission to study and report concerning several issues. Makes appropriations. Makes conforming and technical changes.
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