King health bill advances



The Indiana House of Representatives advanced State Rep. Joanna King’s proposed legislation to increase Hoosiers’ access to health care across the state.

It will now be considered by the Indiana Senate.

King, a member of the House Public Health Committee, authored House Bill 1372 that would implement a centralized credentialing process for health insurance companies, known as Medicaid Managed Care Organizations, and contractors of the Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning so they can deliver services more quickly to the state’s Medicaid members.

“Our state, especially in more rural areas, is facing a lack of health care options,” King said. “By streamlining and improving the credentialing process, more providers will be able to get to work and start helping Hoosiers, without jeopardizing the quality of care provided.”

King said her bill will create a single centralized credentialing process for Medicaid vendors operating the Healthy Indiana Plan, Hoosier Care Connect, Hoosier Healthwise, Medicaid Managed Care, specialized programs for those with disabilities and who are institutionalized, nursing home residents, pregnant women and others.

According to King, the current credentialing process is lengthy and burdensome. She said multiple states have already or plan to implement centralized or standardized provider credentialing.

After receiving unanimous support in the House of Representatives, King’s legislation, which is backed by the Indiana Rural Health Association and the Indiana Hospital Association, now heads to the Senate for consideration.

As co-author of House Bill 1091, King is also working to extend Indiana’s eligibility age for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program from three years old to 18 years old. Currently, low-income children up to the age of 18 are eligible to receive these benefits through the federal public health emergency, which is set to expire in March.

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