New state legal guidelines will have an effect on well being and security in 2021

New health laws that were passed before the pandemic will go into effect Friday and year-round.

– Health and safety were “hot button” issues in this year before -19.

In fact, new health laws that were passed before the pandemic will go into effect on Friday and all year round.

Colon screenings

IndyCar driver John Andretti crossed the ultimate finish line on January 30, 2020 after a valiant three year battle against colon cancer. His diagnosis prompted dozens of 50-year-olds to be examined.

Starting January 2021, Indiana insurers will have to expand coverage for colon exams, starting with those who are 45 years old. The law will help doctors identify and treat potential problems sooner.

Ultrasound before abortion

The new year will fundamentally change abortion clinics across the . Women seeking abortion services must undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours before the procedure. It is part of an agreement that emerges from a lawsuit between the state and the proposed parentage. The clinics were given additional time to train staff in the use of the ultrasound machines.

The state calls the new requirement “informed consent” and says it protects women’s health and the sanctity of life.

Planned Parenting Communications Manager Nicole Erwin told 13 messages:

“This medically unnecessary law … is only intended to shame, stigmatize and restrict access to abortion.”

Erwin said planned parenting will “be able to maintain equal access to patient care.”

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Protection of pregnant workers

At the same time, Governor Eric Holcomb re-pledges to protect the rights of pregnant workers, even though the legislation was rejected in the 2020 session. He vows to create better accommodations in the workplace, such as longer and more frequent breaks for expectant mothers. The issue is high on his legislative agenda for 2021.

In prepared statements, the governor said:

“I believe women shouldn’t have to choose between a paycheck and a healthy pregnancy … I continue to strive to improve infant and maternal health in Indiana so more mothers and their babies can get off to a better start.”

No prescription for insulin

At the pharmacy, it will be easier for Hoosiers to get insulin. Senate Enrolled Bill 255 paved the way and a prescription is no longer required to buy insulin in Indiana.

Health price transparency

Health prices will soon become more transparent.

Hospitals, same day surgery centers, and emergency clinics are required to post the cost of their most frequently used services on their websites. The pricing must be available by the end of March.

Vaping age

State lawmakers seek to reduce the effects of vaping on minors. As of January 1st, anyone under the age of 21 will be prohibited from buying or owning cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and vaping materials. Indiana is also taking a tougher stance on retailers by doubling the fines. Those who sell to underage consumers can pay up to $ 2,000.

Retail stores cannot sell the materials within 300 meters of a school.

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Medical debt

If you have unrecovered medical debt and need to go to small claims court, Indiana has increased the claim limit from $ 6,000 to $ 8,000.

Student income

Student income earned through paid internships or job-related learning programs no longer affects their families’ eligibility for certain benefits under another new law that comes into effect.

Income is no longer counted for families who have access to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or temporary support for families in need.

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