Holcomb signs Zay bill for Medicaid plan change

A bill co-authored by State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) that requires the Medicaid Advisory Committee to make recommendations to the Legislative Council concerning the feasibility of amending Indiana’s state Medicaid plan to provide Medicaid reimbursements to schools for health services they provide to students and staff, was ceremonially signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday, June 24.

This study was inspired by Senate Bill 437, authored by Zay, which would have saved schools money by allowing them to better leverage federal Medicaid dollars to address health concerns facing students and staff, including mental health, substance abuse and socio-emotional learning. By amending the state plan, schools could then draw down federal Medicaid dollars at the higher Medicare rate.

“In order for our students to thrive, it is crucial the mental health of our students and teachers is a priority,” said Zay. “This study will provide my fellow lawmakers and me with further information that will help us decide if it is in our state’s best interest to leverage federal dollars to address mental and socio-emotional health concerns in our schools. Numerous other states have taken advantage of this opportunity, and I look forward to reviewing the results of this study.”

Senate Enrolled Act 392 also provides disabled Hoosiers under age 65 who do not qualify for Medicaid with an option to acquire supplemental insurance coverage through Medicare to assist with medical expenses.

SEA 392 was officially signed by the governor May 5, and will go into effect July 1.