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[s50] Gov. Pence Signs Sen. Becker’s Bill to Improve Health-Care Access for Hoosiers By Supporting New Technologies
Start Date: 5/9/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/9/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (May 8, 2013) — State Sen. Vaneta Becker’s (R-Evansville) legislation to improve health-care access for Indiana’s residents by supporting new medical technologies was signed into law today by Gov. Mike Pence.

 

Senate Enrolled Act 554 requires Indiana’s Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning to reimburse health-care providers for telehealth and telemedicine services offered to Medicaid recipients. Telehealth and telemedicine enables medical-care providers to monitor patients remotely using the latest technology.

 

Becker said passing SEA 554 was one of her top priorities this session.

 

“As technology advances, medical-care providers have new tools that allow them to provide innovative, cost-effective care to more patients. SEA 554 simply adapts state law to changing technologies which can be incredibly beneficial to patients who do not have quick and easy access to medical facilities, such as our rural residents and residents of other underserved areas,” Becker said. “This new law will not only save health-care costs for both patients and providers, but it will also increase the availability of needed follow-up consultations and mental health services that don’t necessarily require an office visit.”

 

Becker was joined for the ceremonial signing of SB 554 by several medical professionals and other state legislators.

 

Gov. Pence also signed into law today legislation Becker sponsored in the Senate — House Enrolled Act 1111 to improve first-responder action in emergency situations.

  

 

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Contact Information:
Name: Molly Johnson
Phone: 317-234-9133
Email: mjohnson@iga.in.gov
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