Indiana General Assembly 2018 Session
The 2018 legislative session ended in dramatic fashion with time running out to complete business on five pieces of legislation including two bills that were considered Governor’s Agenda bills. Governor Holcomb called the Indiana General Assembly back into special session in mid-May to complete work on the following topics:
- Increased funding for school safety;
- One-time loan of $12M to the Muncie School Corporation; and
- Moving the state's conformity date to February 11 to comply with federal tax changes, and complying with IRS rules to protect federal taxpayer information.
While the final hours were marked by chaos, the 2018 legislative session was otherwise relatively quiet with few divisive issues. The 2018 “short session” was focused on workforce development, school funding, alcohol sales and the ongoing addiction issues facing the state. To that end, the majority of Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Agenda items were successfully passed into law.
There were a total of 901 bills introduced in the 2018 session. At the halfway point, there were only 130 House bills still alive, and 172 Senate bills still alive. At the end of session, 212 bills were passed by the Indiana General Assembly. Of the 212 bills that passed, 101 were House bills, and 111 were Senate bills. Overall, 23 percent of all bills introduced arrived on Governor Holcomb's desk for his consideration.
IHA Legislative Priorities
Several issues emerged as priorities among IHA members and were passed into law in the 2018 session:
- Reforming the prior authorization process in the commercial market;
- Credentialing by insurers; and
- Acceptance of national accreditation in lieu of annual state survey for purposes of hospital licensure.
IHA's Legislative team sincerely thanks members for their work in making the 2018 session a success. Many individuals gave their time and expertise when testifying and meeting with legislators before and during the session. Please refer to IHA’s 2018 Session Wrap Up Report
to learn more about issues considered in the 2018 session impacting hospitals.