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ISHA Bill TRACK


ISHA is following numerous bills in this year’s Indiana General Assembly as it does each year. Some of the bills would have more impact on our professions that other bills, so there are times when ISHA requests that our members contact their legislators to support or oppose a bill. Contacts from constituents in this manner can influence legislators and DO make a difference. So please take action when ISHA requests you to do so.

The major bills of interest to ISHA this session are as follows:

Bill
 Subject ISHA Position
SB 3 Telehealth Support
SB 123 Interstate Compact for Audiologists and SLPs
Support
SB 278
Emergency Permits in Schools
Oppose
HB 1286
Telehealth
Support
HB 1347
Telemedicine
Support

You can view the bill track of all bills that ISHA is following using this live link, which will be automatically updated throughout sessions.


ISHA 2021 Legislative Summary (5-5-21)

This year's Indiana General Assembly has concluded the majority of its 2021 session. The legislature has not officially adjourned for the year because it must still adopt new legislative and Congressional district maps later in the year as part of re-districting, but at this time we do not anticipate other issues being considered when they re-convene to adopt the maps.

This session was particularly busy for ISHA as there were a number of bills of interest to ISHA members. The following bills became law:

  1. Senate Bill 3, authored by Sen. Ed Charbonneau, provides permanent telehealth authority for many health care providers, including Audiologists and SLPs, effective April 20, 2021. The bill does not address telehealth authority for SLPAs, CFs, or students.

    http://iga.in.gov/static-documents/7/4/2/b/742b0b09/SB0003.06.ENRH.pdf

  2. House Bill 1516, uthored by Rep. Chris Judy, licenses behavior analysts and creates a committee under the Medical Licensing Board to regulate them. The bill exempts other licensed professionals working within their scope of practice from needing a behavioral analyst license.

    http://iga.in.gov/static-documents/7/c/e/c/7cec4525/HB1516.05.ENRS.pdf

  3. House Bill 1549, authored by Rep. Bob Behning, made two important changes to increase the number of SLPs who can practice in Indiana and therefore in Indiana schools. SECTION 50 of the bill will permit an SLP or AUD who is licensed in another state to practice in Indiana for 180 days each year without obtaining an Indiana license. Current law allowed 30 days. SECTIONS 51 and 52 of the bill permit Indiana to enter into reciprocity agreements with other states to permit licenses to practice in another state and vice versa. Both changes are effective July 1, 2021.

    http://iga.in.gov/static-documents/e/a/9/2/ea92c501/HB1549.05.ENRS.pdf

Other bills of particular interest to our members were introduced but did not survive action in the first chamber or did not pass the second chamber:

  1. Senate Bill 123, authored at our request by Sen. Dennis Kruse, would have enacted the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC). The compact would allow audiologists and speech-language pathologists who are licensed in one state to practice in another compact state without having to obtain a license in the second state. This bill would have been particularly useful in getting more SLPs to practice in our schools. Enough states have now enacted the compact for it to become effective. The bill also contained provisions that would provide more flexibility for SLPAs to practice.

    SB 123 passed the Senate and passed the first House committee, but it died in the House Ways and Means Committee.

  2. Senate Bill 278, authored by Sen. Vaneta Becker, would have re-authorized Emergency Permits for communication disorders in Indiana schools for 3 years. Emergency permits are issued by the Indiana Department of Education in school districts when the districts do not hire SLPs for an SLP position. An individual receiving an emergency permit must have an undergraduate degree in communication disorders and must be enrolled in SLP graduate school. With an emergency permit, an individual may provide the full range of SLP services just as if the individual were licensed as an SLP.

    Authority for such permits was renewed in 2019 for 2 years, so that authority expires July 1, 2021. ISHA opposed the renewal of Emergency Permit authority because holders of Emergency Permits are not qualified to provide SLP services and therefore it creates a two-tiered level of service in our schools.

    SB 278 did not receive a hearing by the Senate Education Committee. ISHA appreciates and thanks all of you who contacted their senator on the committee to voice opposition to this bill.

  3. House Bill 1261, authored by Rep. Doug Miller and ISHA member Rep. Chris Campbell, would have required the owner of a place of public accommodation to activate closed captioning on television sets that are visible to the public. The bill passed out of committee but did not move further.

  4. House Bill 1286, authored by Rep. Shane Lindauer, would have provided permanent telehealth authority for all health care providers, including Audiologists and SLPs. The bill would also have provided telehealth authority for SLPAs, CFs, and students. The bill passed the House but did not receive a hearing in the Senate.

  5. House Bill 1307, authored by Rep. Doug Miller and ISHA member Rep. Chris Campbell, would have required face makes worn by hosts at a retail establishment to be transparent and would require the state to adopt rules for the placement of wireless assistive listening systems. The bill was heard in committee, but no vote was taken.

  6. House Bill 1362, authored by Rep. Brad Barrett and ISHA member Rep. Chris Campbell, would have required newborn screening for cytomegalovirus. The bill did not receive a hearing in Committee.

ISHA tracks many bills during a legislative session. The complete list of bills we followed during session can be viewed using the live link in the blue box above.

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