MAY 2015 SWIAHU UPDATE

CarolynHer’s an article I wrote for the ISHAU newsletter that outlines some upcoming events for SWIAHU…Carolyn Beck

 

In April, SWIAHU had a member meeting with representative from HIP 2.0 available to go over the recent updates to the program. Our local members left the meeting with some very valuable details that put them at an advantage! Tidbits of information was shared that were very valuable and can be utilized by the Brokers in attendance to assist them when serving their clients.

MARK your CALENDARS for the upcoming meetings listed below:

June 17th – Time: TBA – Special Legislative meeting with guest Congressman Larry Bucshon.

August 19th – Time: 7:30 registration – Meeting 8:00 @ Deaconess Gateway Campus, Newburgh, IN

TOPIC: What to expect from a DOL health audit!

Once again we are working to keep our members informed about pertinent industry detail that is at the top of mind for many of our Brokers and Payers. We are very happy that we will have representatives from the Department of Labor who will go over the details necessary for an audit.

September – Date & Location – TBA

Annual SWIAHU Golf outing

October 6 Time: 11:30 registration – Meeting 12:00

We will have Linda White, CEO, Deaconess Health Systems as our guest speaker. We are very fortunate to have this well informed and dynamic speaker available at a special meeting. SWIAHU moved our meeting date up early in the month to accommodate the busy month of October when so much is going on at the end of the month with Medicare and Marketplace enrollments.

December – Date & Time: TBA

SWIAHU will end the year with a BANG by celebrating at our annual Holiday party where we have time to kick back and socialize with many of our members who work so hard throughout the year to bring value and expertise to their clients.

Please be sure to visit our website at www.swiahu.org to receive more informative information about what is happening!

Apple and Google stake a claim on big pharma’s turf

Drugmakers unsettled as large tech groups turn to healthcare

9cdec483-bbb8-4748-a084-d2a4c95bb414.imgWithin 24 hours of Apple launching its platform for health research this month, tens of thousands of iPhone users had signed up to take part in five inaugural studies involving some of the US’s most respected medical institutions.

A Harvard-affiliated cancer centre will measure the long-term effects of chemotherapy by asking breast cancer survivors to input information about their energy levels and mood. Another, led by Stanford University, will use the iPhone’s sensors to investigate links between physical activity ……..Read More……

 

 

 

ISHAU Bill Report 2015 Indiana General Assembly

IGAISAHU Bill Report

Prepared by: Trent Hahn
Report created on February 25, 2015

(To go to the Indiana General Assembly website with up to date information, click the heading on any of the items below.)

 HB1341 INSURANCE MATTERS (LEHMAN M) Requires disregard of a spouse’s assets in certain Medicaid eligibility determinations. Corrects a conflict concerning payment of  expenses of the department of insurance (department) from the general fund. Amends the law concerning internal audits of domestic insurer and insurer group financial statements. Requires an insurer or insurance group to file with the commissioner of insurance an annual corporate governance disclosure. Specifies requirements concerning use and disclosure of information related to the annual corporate governance disclosure. Removes a requirement for placement of the insurance commissioner’s (commissioner) signature on approval of a proposed insurer. Defines “designated home state license” and provides for the licensure for certain out of state insurance producers. Specifies a designated home state license fee. Adds certain: (1) guarantees made by an insurer; and (2) acquisitions or investments; to the list of transactions between a domestic insurer and another person in an insurance holding company system that require prior notice to the commissioner. Repeals and replaces a section of the public adjuster law concerning public adjuster violations and penalties. Excludes information related to title insurance from the law concerning electronic posting or delivery of insurance notices and documents. Removes a requirement that a policy insure more than four automobiles for purposes of application of the law concerning cancellation of automobile insurance policies. Provides for issuance of group casualty and liability insurance in certain circumstances. Allows the department to adopt emergency rules to conform the definition of “small employer” to conform to federal law. Provides for registration renewal annually on the last day of the month of issuance, rather than on June 30 of each year, for claim review agents and utilization review agents. Removes an annual reporting requirement by the police benefit fund to the department of insurance.

Current Status:    2/24/2015 – Referred to Senate Insurance & Financial Institutions
All Bill Status:    2/24/2015 – First Reading
2/5/2015 – Senator Holdman added as sponsor
2/5/2015 – Third reading passed; Roll Call 82: yeas 96, nays 0
2/5/2015 – House Bills on Third Reading
2/3/2015 – Second reading amended, ordered engrossed
2/3/2015 – Amendment #1 (Carbaugh) prevailed; voice vote
2/3/2015 – House Bills on Second Reading
2/2/2015 – House Bills on Second Reading
1/29/2015 – Representative Hamm added as coauthor
1/29/2015 – Representative Representative Hamm added as coauthor
1/29/2015 – Committee Report amend do pass, adopted
1/28/2015 – Committee Report Filed
1/28/2015 – House Insurance, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
1/21/2015 – House Insurance, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
1/13/2015 – Coauthored by Representative Hale
1/13/2015 – Referred to House Insurance
1/13/2015 – First Reading
1/13/2015 – Authored By Lehman, Matthew

 

HB1613  FAMILY AND SOCIAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (CLERE E) Specifies that the secretary of family and social services, rather than certain division directors, is: (1) the appointing authority for divisions within the office of the secretary of family and social services (office of the secretary); (2) authorized to advise the governor concerning adopted rules; (3) authorized to adopt administrative rules; (4) authorized to enter into contracts for the office of the secretary; and (5) the authority for administering specified programs and grants.

Current Status:    2/24/2015 – Representative Brown, C. added as coauthor
All Bill Status:    2/24/2015 – Senator Miller, Pat added as sponsor
2/24/2015 – Third reading passed; Roll Call 255: yeas 95, nays 0
2/24/2015 – House Bills on Third Reading
2/23/2015 – Second reading ordered engrossed
2/23/2015 – House Bills on Second Reading
2/19/2015 – Committee Report do pass, adopted
2/18/2015 – House Public Health, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
2/16/2015 – House Public Health, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
1/27/2015 – Reassigned to committee on Public Health
1/22/2015 – Referred to House Family, Children and Human Affairs
1/22/2015 – First Reading
1/22/2015 – Authored By Edward Clere

 

SB26   COVERAGE OF PRESCRIPTION EYE DROPS (MILLER P) Requires that, beginning January 1, 2016, certain state employee health plans, policies of accident and sickness insurance, and health maintenance organization contracts must cover refills of prescription eye drops under specified conditions. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the interim committee on public health, behavioral health, and human services).

Current Status:    2/2/2015 – Referred to House

All Bill Status:    1/27/2015 – Representatives Brown, C. and Davisson added as cosponsors
1/27/2015 – Representative Clere added as sponsor
1/27/2015 – Senator Becker added as second author
1/27/2015 – Brown, C. and Davisson added as cosponsor
1/27/2015 – Representative Clere added first Senate sponsor
1/27/2015 – Third reading passed; Roll Call 38: yeas 50, nays 0
1/27/2015 – Senate Bills on Third Reading
1/26/2015 – Second reading ordered engrossed
1/26/2015 – Senate Bills on Second Reading
1/22/2015 – Committee Report amend do pass, adopted
1/21/2015 – Senate Health and Provider Services, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
1/14/2015 – Senate Health and Provider Services, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
1/6/2015 – Referred to Committee on Health and Provider Services
1/6/2015 – First Reading
1/6/2015 – Authored By Patricia Miller

 

SB413  DISCLOSURES OF SECURITY BREACHES (MERRITT J) Makes the following changes to the statuteconcerning the breach of the security of data that includes the sensitive personal information of Indiana residents and that is collected and maintained by a person other than a state agency or the judicial or legislative

department of state government: (1) Specifies that the statute is not limited to breaches of computerized data. (2) Repeals the definition of a term (“doing business in Indiana”) that is not used in the statute. (3) Replaces the term “data base owner” with “data owner”. (4) Defines the term “data collector” as a person that: (A) is not a data owner; and (B) collects, maintains, disseminates, or handles data that includes sensitive personal information. (5) Defines the term “data user” as a data owner or a data collector. (6) Replaces the term “personal information” with “sensitive personal information” and makes conforming amendments. (7) Requires a data user to post certain information concerning the data user’s privacy practices on the data user’s Internet web site. (8) Increases the amount of the civil penalty that a court may impose in an action by the attorney general to enforce the

provisions concerning the safeguarding of data if the court finds that a violation: (A) was done knowingly; or (B) contributed to a breach of the security of data that includes the sensitive personal information of Indiana residents. (9) Sets forth certain information that a data owner must include in a disclosure of a security breach. (10) Specifies the applicability of different enforcement procedures available to the attorney general under the statute.

Current Status:    2/24/2015 – Representative Hale added as cosponsor
All Bill Status:    2/24/2015 – Representative Huston added as sponsor
2/24/2015 – Third reading passed; Roll Call 246: yeas 50, nays 0
2/24/2015 – Senate Bills on Third Reading
2/23/2015 – Second reading amended, ordered engrossed
2/23/2015 – Amendment #1 (Merritt) prevailed; voice vote
2/23/2015 – Senate Bills on Second Reading
2/19/2015 – Senate Bills on Second Reading
2/17/2015 – Senator Randolph added as coauthor
2/17/2015 – Senate Bills on Second Reading
2/16/2015 – Senate Bills on Second Reading
2/12/2015 – Committee Report amend do pass, adopted
2/10/2015 – Senator Stoops added as coauthor
2/10/2015 – Senate Homeland Security & Transportation, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
1/12/2015 – Senator Ford added as second author
1/12/2015 – Referred to Senate Homeland Security & Transportation
1/12/2015 – First Reading
1/12/2015 – Authored By James Merritt

SB465  FSSA MATTERS (MILLER P) Makes multiple changes to the administration of the office of the secretary of family and social services. Requires the division of aging to: (1) meet with stakeholders to collaborate on changes in the health facility preadmission screening assessment process; and (2) submit a written report to the general assembly before November 1, 2015, concerning any recommendations for statutory changes to the process. Expires the health facility preadmission screening assessment process statute June 30, 2016. Repeals the step ahead comprehensive early childhood grant program. Repeals Medicaid eligibility parameters concerning patients in an institution for the mentally diseased. Removes language that prohibited a Medicaid copayment for services furnished to individuals by a health maintenance organization. Makes changes in the manner that voter registration applications and declinations can be transferred. Removes language that provided an incentive payment to the offices of prosecuting attorneys for the investigation or prosecution of food stamp fraud. Repeals language concerning public records reports of Medicaid recipients. Makes technical and conforming changes.

Current Status:    2/19/2015 – Referred to House
All Bill Status:    2/17/2015 – Representatives Brown, T. and Brown, C. added as cosponsor
2/17/2015 – Representative Clere added as sponsor
2/17/2015 – Third reading passed; Roll Call 177: yeas 50, nays 0
2/17/2015 – Senate Bills on Third Reading
2/16/2015 – Senator Kenley added as second author
2/16/2015 – Second reading ordered engrossed
2/16/2015 – Senate Bills on Second Reading
2/12/2015 – Committee Report amend do pass, adopted
2/11/2015 – Committee Report Filed-amend, do pass
2/11/2015 – Senate Health and Provider Services, (Bill Scheduled for Hearing)
1/14/2015 – Referred to Health and Provider Services
1/14/2015 – First Reading
1/14/2015 – Authored By Patricia Miller

 

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Clarification on the Upcoming Event this Wednesday

EXCHANGE ON THE EXCHANGE

Somehow it was communicated that the meeting we are having on Wednesday was from 8:00 – 12:00.

The actual information is this:

The Registration is from 8:00 -8:30 w/ breakfast.

Meeting will be 8:30 – 9:30.

Panelist will be there to address their experiences with navigating and enrolling through the Marketplace.

The flyer is here

Again, this is a SWIAHU MEMBER ONLY event.

If you are interested in becoming a member contact Jane Haag at 812-477-7100 x 203.

We apologize for the confusion.

 

 

Location:

Deaconess Gateway Hospital Campus
Gateway Conference Center – Room C
4011 Gateway Blvd
Newburgh, IN 47630

 


 

Health insurer Anthem hit by massive cybersecurity breach

CaptureHealth insurer Anthem hit by massive cybersecurity breach – Yahoo News Canada.

(Reuters) – Health insurer Anthem Inc , which has nearly 40 million U.S. customers, said late on Wednesday that hackers had breached one of its IT systems and stolen personal information relating to current and former consumers and employees.

The No. 2 health insurer in the United States said the breach did not appear to involve medical information or financial details such as credit card or bank account numbers.

The information accessed during the “very sophisticated attack” did include names, birthdays, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data, the company said……….. (click to read more)

Pence Announces HIP 2.0

Today, I announced that the State of Indiana has received approval from the federal government to use an updated version of the consumer-driven Healthy Indiana Plan known as HIP 2.0 instead of Medicaid to offer access to quality health care to 350,000 uninsured Hoosiers. The Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) will begin taking applications immediately, and coverage will begin February 1.

Read more FSSA – HIP: HIP.