Below are some of the bills Senator Jean Breaux worked on during the 2019 legislative session.
Passed Medicaid coverage for doulas
This session Senate Democrats successfully passed Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 416 which will provide Medicaid coverage for doulas. This is a critical service to combat our devastatingly high infant mortality rate. Senator Breaux will work with the states Medicaid office to implement this proposal this summer. The Hoosier infant mortality rate is the 7th highest in the nation, and this is unacceptable.
ABLE tax credits
The supermajority consistently gives tax credits to wealthy Hoosiers who donate to private voucher schools and corporations for business development. Senate Democrats fought to get tax credits for disabled Hoosiers who need them more than high-income earners. Senator Breaux co-authored a bill that would have allowed Hoosiers to deduct the contributions they make to Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts — savings accounts that allow Hoosiers to save for needed services or equipment without jeopardizing their disability benefits. In a display of supermajority priorities, this bill did not even get a committee hearing.
Keeping young teenagers out of adult court
Many legislators attempted to pass language this session that would have waived 12 and 13-year-olds to adult court for attempted murder. While Senate Democrats do not condone acts of violence, we strongly believe 12-year-olds do not belong in a system meant for adults. Democrats were able to successfully stop this language from becoming law this session.