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Teachers and other groups ask to be prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine

Groups across the state, such as educators and people with underlying medical conditions, feel brushed aside and misinformed about when they will receive eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Be Well Indiana Crisis Helpline sets the bar for more services to be developed for Hoosiers

In response to COVID-19, Indiana launched the Be Well Indiana Crisis Helpline for those whose struggles with mental health have been made more difficult by the pandemic. But the service is soon to end.

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Vaccination eligibility expands to 70 and older

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Vaccination eligibility expands to 70 and older

By Sydney Byerly TheStatehouseFile.com Hoosiers 70 and older can now schedule appointments to receive coronavirus vaccinations.  Those 70 and older account for 7% of Hoosiers, 23% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 26% of COVID-19 deaths in the state.  This additional age group comes after nearly 86,000 Hoosiers aged 80 and older scheduled appointments within days of […]

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Hoosiers experiencing issues registering for COVID-19 vaccine

By Sydney Byerly TheStatehouseFile.com The first several days of vaccination registration for those who meet new eligibility requirements saw delays and technical issues due to the mass amount of people trying to access the online system.  Marni Lemons, deputy director of communications for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), said the system may […]

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Gov. Holcomb launches vaccination public awareness campaign: “It’s Our Shot, Hoosiers”

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Gov. Holcomb launches vaccination public awareness campaign: “It’s Our Shot, Hoosiers”

By Sydney Byerly TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—As COVID-19 vaccinations begin to roll out across the state, officials stressed the importance of getting vaccines in the arms of more Hoosiers quickly and efficiently while prioritizing those with the highest risk due to age and occupation first.  In the meantime, Hoosiers are urged to continue good public health measures […]

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Hope stirs across the state as health care workers receive vaccine

Hope stirs across the state as health care workers receive vaccine

By Tabby Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com Emily Hartman is an administrative coordinator at Community South Hospital in Indianapolis. After COVID-19 hit in March, she was moved to the hematology-oncology unit, where cancer patients receive chemotherapy. While helping the nurses and cleaning, Hartman also spent time with a male glioblastoma patient who had a fast-growing brain tumor and […]

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New year brings start of stimulus payments, ISDH vaccination dashboard

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New year brings start of stimulus payments, ISDH vaccination dashboard

By Taylor Wooten TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—As Indiana ends 2020 still fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, Hoosiers are urged to patiently await their time to be vaccinated, practice safety precautions and check on the mental health of themselves and others. In Gov. Eric Holcomb’s final weekly virtual COVID-19 press conference, officials discussed resources like the federal COVID-19 […]

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Limited vaccines, federal assistance carry Hoosiers into the holiday season

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Limited vaccines, federal assistance carry Hoosiers into the holiday season

By Taylor Wooten TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—By Wednesday, 40,000 healthcare workers will have received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Hoosiers can find more hope in the $900 billion federal COVID-19 stimulus bill passed Monday by Congress, which will give $600 to individuals and supplement unemployment benefits.  “Last Friday, after all of our vaccinating hospitals received their first shipment […]

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FSSA announces pilot programs designed to treat Hoosiers in the justice system

Staff reportFSSATheStatehouseFIle.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction announced a series of pilot programs designed to increase access to mental health care for inmates in Indiana county jails. The pilot programs will focus on individuals found unable to stand trial who are awaiting placement in the state psychiatric hospital […]

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Indiana gets 10-year extension for Healthy Indiana Plan

Staff reportTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana has received approval to continue its alternative to traditional Medicaid expansion—the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP)—for another 10 years, allowing the state to continue health coverage for more than 572,000 low-income adult Hoosiers. “As a national model for a state-led, consumer-driven approach, HIP helps Hoosiers experience improved health outcomes and better lives,” Gov. […]

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