Rep. Eberhart: Legislation passed this session will benefit Hoosiers
STATEHOUSE— The 2013 legislative session has come to a finish. Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) is pleased to see two of his bills become law this session: Senate Enrolled Acts (SEA) 5 and 609.
“Many Hoosiers around the state are still looking for their next employment opportunity, and legislation I worked on this year is meant to bring financial security to those families,” said Rep. Eberhart. “By creating an environment where businesses can thrive, we are increasing the amount of jobs that the business can support.”
Under SEA 5, if a hospital receives a settlement amount that is less than their current lien the hospital no longer has the ability to go after the patient for the remainder of their charges. Hospitals would continue to receive the liens on copays and deductibles that they are owed. Currently, an individual who is admitted into a hospital and receives care regarding personal injuries caused by carelessness of another person or corporation is allowed to have a lien filed against them by the hospitals and/or ambulances.
“Hospitals should not be able to further victimize a patient at a time when they may be under immense stress financially due to circumstances that were not their fault,” said Rep. Eberhart. “This legislation, along with others enacted this session, was created to protect Hoosiers, allowing them to persevere through rough patches and build a prosperous future.”
SEA 609 will ensure that the horse racing industry will retain their profits, bringing stability and certainty to the equine industry. The legislation will require annual reporting on how competitive states are performing, ensuring that Indiana remains competitive. Additionally, SEA 609 will enhance transparency with complaints and disciplinary actions, increasing integrity and economic steadiness in the horse racing industry.
“I have worked diligently this session to bring more jobs to our community by improving the economic environment in which our businesses compete to grow. SEA 609 is a great step towards giving our businesses more freedom to operate and employ Hoosiers,” said Rep. Eberhart.