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Tax-free accounts help Hoosiers with disabilities save

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers with disabilities now can save money without risking the loss of their state and federal benefits. The INvestABLE Indiana savings plan offers seven investment plans that will allow disabled individuals and their family members to contribute funds to a tax-free ABLE account. “Although special needs trusts were already […]

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How Indiana’s senators voted on Tuesday’s health care motion

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate Tuesday to move the debate surrounding health care forward. Republican U.S. Sen. Todd Young voted to advance to floor debate while Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly voted against. In a statement after the vote, Young said he will work […]

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Air quality warning for Wednesday

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers in parts of the state are being encouraged to avoid or reduce exertion and heavy work outside Wednesday. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has issued an air quality action day in southwest, southeast and central Indiana for Wednesday. “Knozone Action Days are days when levels of ozone […]

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Indiana blood supply remains low after holiday week

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana faces a critically low blood inventory due to a lack of donors during the week of the Fourth of July.  Less than a two-day supply is considered critical, and Indiana reached less than a half-day supply last week. Andrea Fagan, director of public relations and marketing for the […]

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State expands treatment options in fight against drug epidemic

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com GREENWOOD, Ind. – Soon Hoosiers struggling with drug addiction will have more access to treatment. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is adding five opioid treatment centers, making a total of 19 in the state. These treatment centers will offer medication assisted treatment or “MAT,” which includes medication and counseling […]

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Judge blocks portions of state’s new abortion law

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A judge has blocked provisions in a new abortion law that would make it harder for a girl under 18 to have an abortion without telling her parents. Under current Indiana law, anyone under 18 must have the consent of a parent, legal guardian or custodian to get an […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Preventing meningitis outbreaks at state schools

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 29th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Students attending Indiana state colleges and universities can now add meningitis to the list of vaccinations required before they can further their education. “Close contact is […]

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Hoosier politicians react to decision of insurance providers

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two health insurance providers, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and MDwise, announced Wednesday they would not be offering health plans under the Affordable Care Act in Indiana for 2018. Wednesday marked the deadline for insurance companies to submit proposed rates to the Indiana Department of Insurance. “Today’s news again confirms […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Mental illness education program for law enforcement may expand

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 20th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Amy Brinkley thinks her brother’s death could have been prevented. Her 30-year-old brother Paul suffered from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD. In his mid-20s, Paul endured […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Unstaffed markets offer healthier options at the office

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 17th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Standing in front of the micro market in her office building, Laurann Rodriguez looks through the options. She browses four refrigerated sections of sandwiches, fruit and […]

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