STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Tom Dermody authored two bills that were signed into law by the governor including House Bills 1260 and 1316.
HB 1260 stipulates that if a school's health insurance plan costs 12 percent or more than the state health insurance plan the school must submit a plan to the State Department of Personnel outlining the school's plan to bring health care costs to within 12 percent of the state's insurance plan within a year. If the school fails to do so they will be required to join the state health insurance program.
"In these difficult economic times it is important that we all work to spend our money wisely," said Rep. Dermody. "Many schools in Indiana, including those in my district, are already creating fiscally responsible and beneficial health care plans, and more schools in Indiana need to follow suit. We are doing what we can to help ease this financial burden and lower their costs while ensuring that their employees and faculty continue to receive health insurance benefits. This bill will help protect school employees and taxpayers alike."
House Bill 1316 allows a juvenile court to order the parent or legal guardian of a child to reimburse the Department of Correction (DOC) for costs incurred by the child being admitted to the DOC. The parent or legal guardian may also be required to reimburse the county for any expenses made to place the child into a service. The bill also sets up the Division of Youth Services Transitional Services Fund within the DOC to provide transitional services for juvenile offenders.
"The DOC has a substantial financial burden, so any efficiency and financial relief we can provide them with is great for them, for the state and for Hoosier taxpayers," said Rep. Dermody.
House Bill 1260 will go into effect July 1, 2011. House Bill 1316 went into effect upon passage of the bill on May 10, 2011.