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Zoeller to lawmakers: Pay attention to health risks of e-cigarettes

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has told lawmakers he wants them to put more emphasis on health issues as they consider regulations for e-cigarettes. “Recent surveys show that e-cigarette use has doubled among teenagers over the past three years while regular cigarette use continues to decline,” Zoeller said in […]

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Bill aimed at increasing HPV vaccines defeated by House

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Republican-controlled House has killed a controversial measure that aimed to boost HPV vaccination rates in order to reduce the prevalence of cervical and other cancers in Indiana. Rep. Ed Clere on failed HPV vaccine bill Supporters say the bill – which did not require anyone to actually get […]

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E-liquids would be regulated under bill that passes Senate

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that regulates liquids used in vapor pens, an area that is currently unregulated under current law. The liquids, often referred to as “e-liquids,” are used in vapor pens and are similar to products like e-cigarettes and hookah pens. Senate Bill 539, authored […]

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Concussion training, awareness bill heads to House

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation that would expand the reach of concussion awareness, diagnosis, and treatment in student athletes passed the Senate on Thursday. Under current law, high school athletes who are suspected of suffering a concussion are required to sit out of practice or games until they are cleared by a health […]

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Bill bans abortions for gender selection, disabilities

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Talk of banning abortions based on gender selection or fetal disability sparked a heated debate Wednesday in the Senate Public Health Committee. Senate Bill 334 – authored by Sens. Travis Holdman, R-Markle and Liz Brown, R-Fort Wayne – would prohibit health providers from performing abortions if the doctor knows […]

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E-liquid retailers say they can’t make it under proposed regulations

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee could vote Wednesday on a bill to put regulations on the manufacturers and retailers of e-liquids, which are used in electronic cigarettes. Several retailers attended a Tuesday meeting of the Public Policy Committee to oppose the bill and said that regulations meant for the “bad guys” […]

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Bill promotes more medical residency slots in Indiana

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The House Ways and Means Committee amended and passed a bill on Thursday that advocates the expansion of medical residency for physicians. The bill now moves on to the full House for consideration. House Bill 1323, authored by Rep. Timothy Brown, R-Crawfordsville, establishes a medical residency fund to create […]

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Bill offers help to veterans suffering PTSD, traumatic brain injuries

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana House Health and Public Safety committee passed a bill Wednesday that would create a recovery program to help Hoosier veterans suffering from brain injuries. House Bill 1615, which was authored by Rep. Dennis Zent, R-Angola, would establish the Veterans Recovery Program and Fund for five years. The […]

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Bill to expand concussion protocol moves to full Senate

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Senate Health and Provider Services Committee amended and passed a bill on Wednesday that broadens concussion protocol for student athletes and their coaches. Under current law, high school athletes suspected of suffering a concussion are required to sit out of practice or games until medically cleared by a […]

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Lawmakers consider more loan forgiveness for rural docs

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate Health and Provider Services committee approved a bill on Wednesday that will boost a loan forgiveness program that aims to put doctors in underserved areas. The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations committee for further consideration. Senate Bill 496, authored by Sen. Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, provides […]

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