DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Health disparities in Medicaid. Requires a managed care organization (MCO) that contracts with the office of Medicaid policy and planning (OMPP) to do the following: (1) Report to the select joint commission on Medicaid oversight (commission) concerning the MCO's culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) standards plan and the progress in implementing these standards. (2) Implement standards concerning CLAS and encourage practices that are more culturally and linguistically accessible. (3) Develop and administer a community based health disparities advisory council. Requires that a request for proposals must include criteria evaluating the MCO's cultural competency in working with minority populations, and requires preferences to be awarded in the bidding process to an MCO that shows evidence of cultural competency. Requires OMPP to: (1) annually report specified information to the legislative council, the commission, and the commission on mental health; (2) beginning January 1, 2012, withhold a percentage of reimbursement from a managed care organization under specified circumstances; and (3) establish standards and guidelines and ensure continuity of care for Medicaid recipients who transfer from an MCO. Requires Medicaid contractors to establish certain quality initiatives. Requires the Indiana board of pharmacy to report to the commission during the 2011 interim concerning the feasibility and cost of requiring pharmacies to print prescription labels in foreign languages and the number of foreign languages the board would recommend.