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Hospital association contests Ball State monopoly study

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Hospital Association is disputing a Ball State University study of Hoosier hospitals which blames part of the high cost of healthcare on monopolies. Brian Tabor, president of the IHA, criticized the core methodology used in the Ball State study, saying the central thesis, that Hoosier healthcare costs are higher […]

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Hospital monopolies drive up health care costs, study shows

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Over nearly 20 years Hoosiers went from having lower than average healthcare costs to medical expenses that were much higher than average and a Ball State University study helps explain why. That study, by Ball State’s Michael Hicks, shows that medical expenditures are so high because not-for-profit hospitals have monopolies in […]

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Indiana’s Medicaid reporting requirements suspended

By Brandon Barger TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana officials are temporarily suspending its requirements that Medicaid recipients work, go to school or get some kind of training to qualify for their benefits until a federal lawsuit is resolved. Indiana’s Gateway to Work program required participants to begin reporting work or other qualifying activities in July and those who […]

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Families need more state support in adoptions, committee told

By Brynna Sentel TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Ernie Shearer and his wife saw their plans of retiring and downsizing their lives change before their eyes when they adopted their four grandchildren who had been removed from their opioid-addicted son and his spouse. Shearer shared the health and behavioral problems the children have experienced as he testified Wednesday before […]

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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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