Session Update

​Indiana General Assembly 2020 End-of-Session Report​

The 2020 short session concluded in the early hours of March 12. The session was unprecedented in terms of the focus on health care costs. While the Indiana General Assembly passed several bills addressing this topic, state lawmakers stated in their closing comments that this session was the first of several sessions focused on health care. 
 
The level of grassroots conversations between IHA members and their local legislators was vital in making sure that all voices were heard—whether from an urban, suburban, or rural hospital. In particular, our collective Statehouse presence on March 2 came at a critical time and significantly impacted the direction of how several topics would ultimately be resolved. IHA sincerely thanks our members for their time and constant communication, not only with legislators, but with the IHA government relations team as well. Your advocacy made a meaningful impact.
 
In total, 913 bills were introduced during the 2020 session. The House introduced 456 bills, and the Senate introduced 457 bills. At the mid-way point, 114 House bills and 175 Senate bills were still alive. By the end of session, 79 Senate bills and 89 House bills passed. They are now on their way for the Governor’s consideration into law.
 
Enclosed in the 2020 End of Session Report are House and Senate bills that passed this session impacting Indiana hospitals. In addition, the report contains bills that failed to advance but were harmful in some way to patients or the hospital industry.
 
If you have any questions, concerns, or additional feedback about any of the legislation, please contact Laura McCaffrey, IHA’s Senior Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, at lmccaffrey@ihaconnect.org or Trent Fox, IHA’s Senior Director of Public Policy and Legislative Relations, at tfox@ihaconnect.org​.​