STATEHOUSE (July 15, 2020) – With many new laws effective this month, State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) said several important changes support Hoosier teachers, students and patients.
"Through listening and talking with constituents, I know that lowering the costs of health care, and supporting our students and educators are top priorities," DeVon said. "That's why I supported legislation to better protects patients and increase transparency in health care pricing. While there is more work ahead on this issue, we made some great progress. We also made changes in education to help retain and attract more teachers to our classrooms, and support our schools who made the transition from ISTEP to ILEARN."
Here's a look at notable new laws DeVon said Hoosiers should know about:
Teachers, Students and Schools
DeVon said as part of House Enrolled Act 1002, standardized test scores will no longer be required to be a part of teacher performance evaluations. He said this should reduce the pressure educators often feel to teach to the test and, as a result, make teaching more attractive as a career. To help cut red tape, House Enrolled Act 1003 went into effect earlier this year to allow the State Board of Education to streamline the timing and frequency of required teacher trainings and grant waivers for schools to bypass over 1,500 regulations. As Indiana continues to transition to the new ILEARN exam, DeVon sponsored Senate Enrolled Act 2 so that school accountability grades cannot be negatively impacted by student scores for two years.
DeVon also authored House Enrolled Act 1283, which supports students with mental health issues, including those involved in bullying, and experiencing behavioral problems or physical illnesses. The new law ensures aspiring educators receive training on best practices to recognize students' behavioral reactions to trauma so they can address these issues in their classrooms with increased understanding and insight.
Under House Enrolled Act 1004, patients will be protected from receiving surprise medical bills from out-of-network providers, and, in the case of an elective procedure, the patient will have the right to receive an upfront, good-faith estimate of expected charges. In addition, Senate Enrolled Act 5 requires hospitals, outpatient surgery centers and urgent care clinics to publish their average prices online, and DeVon said a new HIPAA-compliant database of all health insurance claims will empower consumers by providing information about cost and quality.
In addition, DeVon sponsored Senate Enrolled Act 146 providing survivors of sexual assault certain rights and connecting them with professional advocates who will advise, comfort and support them through the legal process, at no cost. With 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in Indiana experiencing sexual violence in their lifetimes, DeVon said steps needed to be taken to help them as they seek justice.
For more information on these and other new laws effective this month, visit iga.in.gov.
State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) represents House District 5,
which includes portions of St. Joseph County.
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