Covering Kids & Families of Indiana Newsletter   
January 4, 2024

Statehouse Visits

Is the Indiana legislative process a mystery to you? Could you use some guidance on how to get in the Statehouse or sign up to testify on a bill? Would you like to watch a committee hearing or floor debate? Do you want to meet with your legislator?

Join Director of Public Policy and Communications, Amy Chandler, for a guided tour! You will learn the layout of the building, see committee rooms, watch floor action, and generally better understand YOUR capital building.

Link to sign up coming soon!
The 2024 Indiana General Assembly Gavels In On January 8th

Find your legislator here.

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2024 Expected to Be a Quiet Year for
Health Care Bills

Hospital Assessment Fee and Medicaid rates - The Hospital Assessment Fee (HAF) is a program codified in state law that is used partly to reimburse eligible hospitals for services provided to fee-for-service and managed care members. It is also used as the state's share of disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments. Find more information from FSSA here. Hospitals are working on legislative action to address the HAF and low Medicaid reimbursement rates.

All Payer Claims Database (APCD) - The Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI), a relatively small agency, has several big responsibilities when it comes to legislative priorities for containing growing health care costs. Following 2020 legislation, the department must build out and maintain an All Payer Claims Database or APCD, which will collect claims data from various health payer sources—including insurers, health maintenance organizations, PBMs (pharmacy benefit management) and others—in a consumer-facing dashboard. IDOI tasked Onpoint Health Data to design and maintain the APCD, which appears to be nearing a launch date.

Additional legislative obligations for IDOI - HEA 1004 (2023) tasked IDOI with regulating Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM) and developing a monitoring system for prices at five nonprofit hospital systems, comparing those to a 285% Medicare rate.
High School Graduation Rates & Social Determinants of Health

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) has released school and corporation data reports. Data can be found here. Scroll down to Graduation & College /Career Readiness to see how your community school fared.

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has a literature review on graduation rate as a social determinant of health. More information can be found here. The literature review also looks at racial disparities in graduation rates, risk factors that contribute to the likelihood of graduating, and programs that encourage high school completion.
Call for Exhibitors for the 2024 ISHN Conference!
The Indiana School Health Network (ISHN) invites community, school, and public health organizations to the 16th Annual School Health Network Conference as an Exhibitor. The ISHN conference is attended by over 500 school professionals, including educators, school nurses, social workers, school administrators, public health nurses, managed care professionals, federally qualified health center and school-based health center leadership, providers, and school health experts from across the region. Exhibitors provide attendees with valuable information and resources and have the opportunity to collaborate with conference attendees.
Reserve your booth now-- space is limited!
2024 ISHN Conference Call for Proposals
Deadline for submission is January 9, 2024
The Indiana School Health Network (ISHN) invites school health professionals and advocates to submit proposals for a session at the 2024 Indiana School Health Network Conference on June 4-5, 2024. The conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Plainfield Hotel and Conference Center. This year's theme is "Seeds of Hope: Growing a Strong Future for Hoosier Kids."
All sessions are 60 minutes long, including Q&A and evaluation. Proposals will be selected based on the speaker's knowledge and expertise on the subject and the relevance to the conference theme including:

  • Policies, practices or programs that promote cross-sector collaboration
  • Managing physical, behavioral, and mental health conditions that influence educational achievement, especially proposals on chronic diseases, suicide and substance use disorder
  • Role of school-based health centers in childhood development
  • Emerging trends in early childhood education and health
  • Promising practices advancing diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Best practices in school-based Medicaid billing
  • EPSDT screenings in schools
  • Addressing children with special health care needs in school
  • Best practices addressing ethics and boundaries
  • Policies and legislation that advance school health outcomes for all students
  • Effective Navigator outreach and enrollment practices for healthcare coverage
  • Innovative Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model implementation
Special consideration will be given to proposals focused on alignment and coordination of services and resources, policy changes, social justice in education, and evidence-based programs promoting physical and mental health in schools.
For more information or questions on submitting a proposal, please contact Sarah Thompson at
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POWER Account Payments

In a memo dated December 22, 2023, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provided findings from a review of policies approved in the extension of the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) demonstration project. At this time, there are no changes to the HIP policies including POWER Account payments. The Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) has indicated they will announce plans for reinstating POWER Account payments early this year.
Marketplace Deadlines

January 15, 2024 - Marketplace open enrollment for 2024 coverage ends.

July 31, 2024 – Anyone losing Medicaid coverage between March 31, 2023 – July 31, 2024 is eligible for a 60 day special enrollment period (SEP) beginning the day they submit or update a Marketplace application. This Unwinding SEP will be automatically applied based on their answers to the application questions regarding Medicaid. Learn more here including how to answer the Medicaid coverage questions.
Progress in Public Health

John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health published a brief on some advances in public health including the availability of over the counter hearing aids, oral contraceptives, and Narcan.

Katelyn Jetelina, an epidemiologist and blogger, published an end-of-the-year public health assessment on the blog Your Local Epidemiologist. Of note are the increase in life expectancy, the expansion of Medicaid coverage in three states, the deceleration of opioid deaths, and the improved reach of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
IHCP Enrollment

Total Membership decreased in November. With 2,038,407 members, there were 28,219, or 
-1.37%, fewer members in November 2023 than in October 2023.
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