State Rep. Schaibley highlights several new laws effective July 1

Schaibley says notable changes support Hoosier teachers, patients & survivors

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Thursday, July 2, 2020

STATEHOUSE (July 2, 2020) – With many new laws effective July 1, State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) said several important changes support Hoosier teachers, patients and survivors.

"These new policies work to address several key issues impacting Hoosiers and their families," Schaibley said. "As local lawmakers, we rely heavily on our constituents' input to help guide us in crafting new laws to make Indiana a place where people can succeed and thrive. To those who reached out to me this session, thank you."

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

Teachers, Students and Schools

Schaibley said as part of House Enrolled Act 1002, standardized test scores will no longer be required to be a part of teacher performance evaluations. She 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.


Schaibley 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.

Patients

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, Schaibley sponsored Senate Enrolled Act 5 requiring hospitals, outpatient surgery centers and urgent care clinics to publish their average prices online, and she said a new HIPAA-compliant database of all health insurance claims will empower consumers by providing information about cost and quality.

"Hoosiers deserve to know how much they will owe for a procedure before receiving treatment," Schaibley said. "This new law helps ensure patients are given an accurate picture of their medical expenses, so they can make more informed decisions regarding their health care."

Senate Enrolled Act 184 allows the Indiana Farm Bureau to offer a health benefits plan to its members. Schaibley 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.

Sexual Assault Survivors

Schaibly sponsored Senate Enrolled Act 146 providing sexual assault survivors with certain rights and connecting them with professional advocates who can advise, comfort and support them throughout the legal process at no cost. She said 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience sexual violence throughout their lifetimes, and steps needed to be taken to help them as they seek justice.

For more information on these and other new laws effective July 1, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) represents House District 24,
which includes portions of Boone and Hamilton counties.

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