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Alting: Out-of-state children's hospital Medicaid bill passes Senate 3.31.2021

A bill that would increase health care access for Medicaid-covered children unanimously passed the Indiana Senate Tuesday, March 30, said State Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette).

House Bill 1305, sponsored by Alting, would allow for children's hospitals in Indiana's bordering states to treat Medicaid-covered Hoosier children with Indiana's reimbursement rate, reducing the need for excessive travel for pediatric Medicaid services. This legislation would affect inpatient and outpatient Medicaid services for children in these qualifying states.

"Every child deserves the best medical treatment available," Alting said. "This legislation would make it easier on families by giving them a larger health care network that allows them to seek treatment at out-of-state children's hospitals that are significantly closer to where they live. This is such an important bill for Hoosier kids."

Having been amended, HB 1305 will return to the House of Representatives for further review.