State Rep. Goodrich highlights several new laws effective July 1

Goodrich says notable changes support Hoosier teachers, patients, public safety officers

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Wednesday, July 1, 2020

STATEHOUSE (July 1, 2020) – With many new laws effective July 1, State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville) said several important changes support Hoosier teachers, medical patients and public safety officers.

"From giving our students more tools to succeed to empowering Hoosier health consumers, several new laws effective this month help many in our community," Goodrich said. "These new laws are among several passed in 2020, a majority of which received bipartisan support."

Here's a look at notable new laws Goodrich said Hoosiers should know about:

Teachers, Students and Schools

Goodrich 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, lawmakers passed Senate Enrolled Act 2 so that school accountability grades cannot be negatively impacted by student scores for two years.

Goodrich said House Enrolled Act 1283 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.

Health Care

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 Goodrich said a new HIPAA-compliant database of all health insurance claims will empower consumers by providing information about cost and quality.

Senate Enrolled Act 184 allows the Indiana Farm Bureau to offer a health benefits plan to its members. Goodrich said this plan is not health insurance, but would provide similar benefits to help many farmers who have limited access to affordable health care options. Other states, such as Kansas and Tennessee, have implemented similar programs through their Farm Bureaus.

Public Safety Officers

Goodrich said because public safety officers risk their lives to keep the community safe, he authored House Enrolled Act 1063 to help ease some of the financial burdens faced by families at a time of loss by increasing their death benefits from $150,000 to $225,000.

For more information on these and other new laws effective July 1, visit


State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville) represents House District 29,

which includes portions of Hamilton County.

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