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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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Federal judge strikes down Indiana’s latest abortion law

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A federal judge Thursday issued an injunction barring Indiana from enforcing a law requiring doctors to report abortion complications to the state beginning July 1. U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the Indiana law, enacted in the 2018 legislative session, was too vague.  Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky sued in […]

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Indiana rank 28th in the nation for child well-being

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana falls in the middle of of the 50 states in overall measures of child well-being in categories ranging from poverty and education to health and community. “We are pretty much middle of the pack,” said Tami Silverman, president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute. “We want to be ranked […]

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Changes in newborn testing law will allow earlier interventions

Editor’s note: This is one story in an occasional series about new laws that affect Hoosiers. By Seth Fleming TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Adrienne Vollmer’s son was born with spinal muscular atrophy, which makes it difficult for him to walk, eat and swallow consistently because of muscular deterioration. Had the disease been discovered at Graham’s birth treatment might […]

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Savannah’s Law provides for carbon monoxide testing in older vehicles

Editor’s note: This is one story in an occasional series about the impact of new laws on Hoosiers. By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—When buying a used car it is common to examine the brakes, the tires and lights, but a test for carbon monoxide leaks should be added to the checklist. The deadly gas is […]

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Eyeball tattooing ban takes effect July 1

Editor’s note: This is a story in an occasional series about the impact of new laws on Hoosiers. By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. John Ruckelshaus, R-Indianapolis, knows the struggles of having eye problems. Ruckelshaus is a glaucoma patient who has had 10 surgeries on his eyes. His two children, also glaucoma patients, have […]

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Local governments attacking the opioid epidemic

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Local communities from Lawrenceburg to Kokomo are taking on the fight against opioid addiction. On Thursday, the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse met to highlight three new programs, give an update on the OpenBeds program and hear about where federal money will be spent to combat the opioid […]

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New opioid addiction program to help expectant mothers, newborn babies

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –The state is lending a hand to expectant mothers with opioid addiction and babies who are born addicted to the drugs. Monday, Gov. Eric Holcomb, lawmakers, and physicians gathered at the Community Hospital East Monday to announce a new Community Health Network program to address opioid use disorder in mothers […]

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