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New CBD oil law clarifies murky regulations

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —After living with diabetes for 51 years, Dr. Pamela Reilly has been able to lower her insulin levels by 45 percent. She used CBD oil—also known as cannabidiol—to make that change. Reilly, a naturopathic physician who started the Good Works Wellness Research in Fishers, has seen the impact that CBD […]

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Holcomb signs stricter abortion reporting law

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana health care providers will face stricter abortion regulations under legislation signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb Sunday. Senate Enrolled Act 340 requires health care providers to annually report 26 abortion complications to the Indiana State Department of Health. The complications include infection, blood clots, cardiac arrest and […]

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Partnership aims to get addicts connected to treatment

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new partnership will provide Hoosiers struggling with substance abuse a quick way to seek treatment. Technology from OpenBeds and Indiana 2-1-1’s database of service providers from will be combined to connect people with real-time addiction treatment options. “The mental health crises we are currently experiencing has many similarities […]

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Abortion and baby box bill heads to governor’s desk

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Legislation requiring health care providers to report abortion complications to the Indiana State Department of Health cleared a final hurdle Wednesday and now goes to the governor for his signature. Senate Bill 340, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, passed out of the Senate 37-9. The bill adds a series of […]

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CBD oil access for all moves closer to becoming law

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—CBD oil has moved closer to becoming legal in Indiana after action in the Indiana General Assembly Tuesday. House Bill 1214, which would allow anyone to purchase cannabidiol or CBD oil, passed the Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee by a 6-2 vote. “I think we’re going to get this done […]

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One in seven baby umbilical cords tested positive for opiates, study finds

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana has a higher number of babies’ umbilical cords testing positive for opiates than the national average. Through a program in which nearly 3,000 cords from 21 hospitals were examined, data showed that one in seven—or 14.37 percent—tested positive for opiates. The national average is 10.8 percent. In January […]

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Senate bill would legalize CBD oil

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Senate has approved its version of legislation that would legalize the sale of CBD oil, or cannabidiol, for use by all Hoosiers. Senate Bill 52, authored by Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, was approved by a 35-13 vote Monday. Similar legislation passed the House last week. SB 52 legalizes CBD oil […]

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Indiana’s version of Medicaid get federal approval

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana will continue to provide health coverage for low income Hoosiers under the Healthy Indiana Plan.  In a press conference on Friday, Gov. Eric Holcomb and Alex Azar, U.S. Health and Human Services secretary, announced the Trump administration’s approval of a three-year extension to HIP.  “The new demonstration includes […]

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Gary officials demand answers for pharmacy closings

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — For some 80,000 residents of Gary, Indiana, access to medicine is becoming an everyday struggle. Karen Freeman Wilson, the city’s mayor, said this is because three different Walgreens pharmacies and one Fagen pharmacy have closed without warning over the past three years. “This is an issue, and we don’t […]

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Anti-tobacco bill would increase smoking age to 21

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, has been fighting to reduce Indiana’s high smoking rate for nearly 20 years. On Monday, the soon-to-be retired lawmaker got a little closer to his goal. The House Public Health Committee unanimously approved House Bill 1380, Brown’s newest strategy to reduce smoking rates by raising […]

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