New legislation has been introduced in Indiana which could make a huge impact on the health care market.
If the legislation passes, health care workers who are entering the field for the first time and therefore seeking state licenses will be required to pay for their own background checks.
As with most bills of this nature, the impetus for the legislation came from several incidents in which health care workers’ prior criminal convictions had not been revealed to employers. Eventually, those health care workers committed crimes again and the problem was brought to light.
The proposed Indiana legislation would cover numerous types of health care workers — nurses, dentists, doctors — but the exact titles have not yet been disclosed.
No word has been given as to whether or not the bill would necessitate over a quarter million of the state’s already-employed health care workers to pay for background checks in order to renew their state licenses.