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Doctors argue for exceptions to electronic prescriptions

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Physicians who write few prescriptions or treat kidney dialysis patients should be exempt from a new law requiring that all controlled substances be prescribed electronically by Jan. 1, 2021. “Our concern is for those practitioners who work in small practices or outside a large health system that have not yet adopted […]

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Flu season has started so it’s time for a shot

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Cases of influenza are beginning to emerge across the state and the Indiana State Health Department is encouraging Hoosiers to get themselves and their families vaccinated. Since 2015, 800 Hoosiers have died from flu related illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccinations for the influenza virus by the […]

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High cost of insulin endangers lives, diabetics tell legislative panel

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A legislative study committee heard from Type 1 diabetics who described their daily struggles with pharmaceutical companies, insurance agencies and the healthcare system to get the insulin they need to stay alive. Sa’Ra Skipper testified that she lived off samples and donations of insulin that she shared with her younger sister, […]

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Hoosiers protest work requirement for health insurance

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Hoosiers rallied Monday at the Statehouse to protest changes to Indiana’s Medicaid requirements that they say will create more obstacles to health care, cost people their health insurance and profit private companies. The Gateway to Work program requires Healthy Indiana Plan members who aren’t exempt to report to the state 20 […]

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Smoking rates remain high in Indiana

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS–More than one in five Indiana adults smoke cigarettes, one of the highest rates in the nation, while the number of youths using vaping products remains a concern for anti-smoking advocates. The percent of high school students using e-cigarettes in 2016, the last year for which data is available, is double […]

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New law will require 9-1-1 operators to learn how to deliver CPR by telephone

Editor’s note: This is the first in an occasional series about the impact of legislation passed in the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly. By Victoria Ratliff TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—State Rep. Ron Bacon and his wife, Karen, were at their regular dance class when a fellow dance student collapsed in front of them. Bacon and his […]

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Indiana joins nationwide lawsuit against generic drug makers

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana has joined 43 states in a lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 of the nation’s largest generic drug manufacturers, accusing them of conspiring to inflate and manipulate drug prices. The lawsuit also says the drug companies reduced competition for more than 100 different generic drugs by engaging in a coordinated and […]

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Holcomb signs gaming expansion bill, new measure for carbon dioxide storage in Terre Haute

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the last three bills of the 2019 legislative session Wednesday, including a massive expansion of gambling and a plan to allow corporations to store carbon dioxide emissions underground. Early Wednesday, the last day for legislation to be signed, vetoed or allowed to become law without Holcomb’s […]

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ACLU challenging state over abortion law

By Emily Ketterer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s newest anti-abortion legislation is facing a legal challenge in federal court, less than a day after Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the measure into law. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the lawsuit Thursday challenging House Enrolled Act 1211, which bans a form of a second trimester […]

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Hoosiers rally for tobacco tax increase

By Andrew Longstreth TheStateHouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Most people wake up in the morning to brush their teeth, but Jeffrey Slinker has to put his teeth in because 25 years of smoking cost him part of his jaw and all of his teeth. The ex-smoker, whose cancer was successfully treated with chemotherapy, now travels across the country visiting […]

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