STATEHOUSE (June 7, 2017) – Gov. Eric Holcomb today ceremonially signed into law two bills authored by State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) broadening health care access and addiction treatment options in Indiana.
House Enrolled Act 1006 includes neonatal abstinence syndrome as a factor for determining if a child is in need of addiction services. Kirchhofer said under this law children and mothers could receive medication-assisted treatment, which uses a combination of medicine and behavioral therapy to treat addiction.
“Indiana continues to find new solutions to treat individuals afflicted with mental health and addiction issues,” Kirchhofer said. “The opioid epidemic affects more than just the user and this law better ensures any child born with neonatal abstinence syndrome will receive immediate care.”
Kirchhofer said this measure also urges the study of extending mental health and addiction treatment services to individuals in the criminal justice system. Additionally, the Family and Social Services Administration will now certify Recovery Residences in Indiana, providing quality standards for housing and assistance to drug addicts.
House Enrolled Act 1337 expands current telemedicine services to provide more convenience to Hoosier patients. Telemedicine is the practice of providing medical services electronically through devices like a phone, computer or video-conference kiosk. Kirchhofer said telemedicine saves people costly and time-consuming trips to the doctor and increases access to physicians.
“Telemedicine helps those who are in rural Indiana, immobile or have transportation issues,” Kirchhofer said. “Expanding the services of telemedicine is vital to the health of Hoosiers in order to get them the assistance in the area of medicine they need. Not only does telemedicine provide convenience to consumers, but it also frees up physicians and emergency rooms to treat those with more serious illnesses.”
Both HEA 1006 and HEA 1337 go into effect July 1. To learn more about these laws, visit iga.in.gov.
Rep. Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) represents House District 89,
which includes portions of Marion County.
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