Davisson: Maintaining Hoosiers’ access to health care

Davisson: Maintaining Hoosiers’ access to health care

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, July 12, 2019 10:52 am

This legislative session, lawmakers considered a variety of bills to help keep Indiana healthy. I remain committed to working with the medical community and my colleagues at the Statehouse to ensure Hoosiers continue to have access to the care and medication that meets their needs. I authored a new law eliminating some burdens placed on medical professionals and allowing for emergency prescription refills so more Hoosiers will get the care they need to live healthier lives.

 Before this law, those who needed refills were required to obtain another prescription from a licensed medical professional, like a doctor. But life can be unpredictable, and unforeseen events can prevent patients from visiting their doctor before their prescription runs out. This law gives Hoosiers a safety net when these unexpected moments happen. Now, if a patient cannot get to their doctor to refill their prescription, a pharmacist has the ability to provide an emergency refill until the prescription is renewed.

 Emergency prescription refills are limited to non-controlled medication like medicine for asthma, high blood pressure or diabetes, and cannot be more than a 30-day supply. Every renewal is documented by the pharmacist.

 Physician assistants are an integral part of our medical profession, and can be instrumental in solving the health care shortage that many communities across the state and nation face. This new law also encourages a more collaborative relationship between physicians and physician assistants, and allows these medical professionals to prescribe medication to patients without a doctor’s approval. This eliminates administrative burdens placed on physicians, while ensuring Hoosiers continue to have access to the medical care that best fits their needs.  

 This and many other new laws passed during the 2019 legislative session went into effect this month. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more, or contact me with any questions or input at h73@iga.in.gov or 317-232-9850.

 

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State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73,

Washington County, and portions of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties. 

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PHOTO CAPTION: Supporters watch Gov. Eric Holcomb (seated, center) ceremonially sign into law State Rep. Steve Davisson’s (R-Salem) (seated, right) legislation ensuring Hoosiers continue to have access to the care and medication that meets their needs Thursday, June 27, 2019, in the governor’s office in Indianapolis. This new law eliminates some burdens placed on medical professionals and provides patients the option to receive emergency prescription refills from pharmacists.