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House Bill 1972


House Bill 1972

ARCHIVE (2003)

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DIGEST OF HB1972 (Updated April 23, 2003 3:03 PM - DI 84)


Township assistance matters. Expands the definition of "wasted resources" to include lump sum payments. Allows for compensation of a hearing officer who conducts hearings of poor relief appeals. (Current law prohibits compensation of a hearing officer.) Requires a board of commissioners and hearing officer to review and consider investigative documents a trustee prepared before making an appealed decision. Requires a board of commissioners to remand a case to a trustee if new evidence was presented by the individual on appeal that would have made an individual eligible for assistance. Limits: (1) interim medical assistance by a township to 90 days; and (2) prescription drug coverage and insulin to a 30 day supply, unless the drugs or insulin are only available in a container that contains more than a 30 day supply. Allows an advanced practice nurse to apply for insulin. Provides that private insurance coverage of the medical treatment received disqualifies an individual from receiving township medical assistance unless the insurance does not pay for the medical assistance due to a policy deductible or other policy limitation. Requires a medical provider to reimburse the township trustee the lesser of: (1) the amount of medical assistance provided by the trustee to the individual; or (2) the amount reimbursed by Medicaid to the medical provider. Requires the preparation of legislation changing the term "poor relief" to "township assistance" in the Indiana Code. Repeals: (1) a provision stating that a township is not obligated to assist individuals who receive state assistance; and (2) the requirement that the township report to the county auditor quarterly on poor relief.
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