The House of
Representatives voted in favor of State Rep. Ed Soliday’s (R-Valparaiso)
legislation to ensure Medicaid-covered treatment for Northwest Indiana’s
premature babies and seriously ill children.
Soliday, many people in Northwest Indiana depend on the University of
Chicago Medical Center because the region does not have its own Level I
trauma center. The hospital is just west of the Indiana state line, and
Soliday said families utilize this location to obtain life-saving emergency
treatment sooner rather than making the three-hour drive to
Indianapolis-based trauma centers.
“When a child from
our area is in need of life-saving care, there may not be time to transport
them to an appropriate Indianapolis hospital,” Soliday said. “We’re
fortunate to have such an exceptional trauma center so close to our region.”
reimburses the University of Chicago at the out-of-state Medicaid rate,
which is less than the in-state rate. Under Soliday’s legislation,
reimbursements would be issued at the same rate as in-state hospitals.
Soliday said this would ensure Northwest Indiana patients ages six and
younger could continue to receive the emergency care they need.
“The University of
Chicago provides excellent care for Northwest Indiana children in urgent
need of treatment,” Soliday said. “By reimbursing the Chicago hospital the
same as we would any other Indiana facility, Region parents and their
children can continue receiving quality treatment without having to travel
hours from home.”
Soliday said his
legislation would repay the University of Chicago through a pilot program
established by the Family and Social Services Administration. Data would be
collected to determine whether out-of-state Medicaid reimbursement should be
expanded to other regions of the state.
House Bill 1238 now
moves to the Senate for consideration. To learn more, visit iga.in.gov