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Business and health leaders call for lawmakers to triple cigarette tax

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A coalition of business and health professionals launched a campaign Thursday calling for Indiana lawmakers to increase the state’s cigarette tax by $2 per pack during the 2019 legislative session. For the second straight year, the Raise it for Health Coalition is pushing for the higher tax on cigarettes, […]

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State sues opioid drug maker to recoup addiction costs

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana has joined the legion of states suing opioid maker Purdue Pharma for promoting the drug while downplaying its risks to boost sales, leading to the opioid crisis plaguing the state today. The 93-page lawsuit filed Wednesday in Marion Superior Court accuses the privately-held Stamford, Connecticut drug company of false and […]

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State promotes programs to reduce infant and mother mortality

By Dionte Coleman TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS—For too many Indiana parents, the delight of a child’s birth is followed by the overwhelming grief of that child’s death. Wednesday, health professionals jammed a conference room in the JW Marriott in Indianapolis as part of an effort to ensure more babies live past their first birthday and thrive. Labor […]

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Hours-long medical marijuana review results in no recommendation

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—An interim study committee on public health, behavioral health and human services failed to agree on a proposal Thursday to expand medical marijuana use to Hoosiers who qualify for certain treatments.  Fourteen voices in support, eight opposed and two independent researchers joined in the hours-long conversation with the committee, which opened […]

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Yale study says worst of Scott County HIV outbreak could have been avoided

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—The HIV outbreak in Scott County that reached epidemic proportions in the middle part of this decade could have been reduced dramatically if state officials had acted sooner, says a study from the Yale School of Public Health. One of the authors of the study, Gregg Gonsalves, assistant professor of epidemiology […]

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Uninsured rate holds steady in Indiana

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— The number of uninsured people in Indiana remained unchanged from 2016 to 2017, while there was a slight increase across the nation, according to the latest American Community Survey data released this week by the United States Census. Every year the Census Bureau conducts a survey on health insurance coverage, […]

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Gateway to Work program rolling out for Healthy Indiana participants

Editor’s note: The story and headline have been corrected to reflect the fact that the Gateway to Work Program is not a proposal but is in the process of being implemented beginning next January. It affects the Healthy Indiana Plan and that the rollout will be completed by July 2020. Allison Taylor is now the […]

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Children’s commission will tackle mental health, more at Wednesday meeting

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — The Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana announced they will meet tomorrow and hold conversations regarding several topics important to the welfare of children. Julie Whitman, the commission’s executive director, said they will address a “packed agenda” in their discussion that includes a range of topics. […]

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State agencies name new health directors

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and the State Department of Health have each named a new chief medical officer the agency. Dr. Daniel Rusyniak will serve as chief medical officer for FSSA and Dr. Melissa Collier will serve in a similar role at the health department. Rusyniak began work Monday […]

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Indiana loses another abortion case in federal court

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A federal appellate court has struck down another Indiana law aimed at making it more difficult for women to get an abortion. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday that the Indiana law requiring women to get an ultrasound 18 hours before an abortion created an undue burden and […]

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