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Bill to improve treatment for spinal injuries passes Senate

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would change the way individuals receive traumatic injury treatment – and length of time they can get that treatment – passed the Indiana Senate on Thursday. Senate Bill 166, authored by Sen. Pat Miller, R-Indianapolis, would allow the pre-existing spinal cord and brain injury fund to […]

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Videos: Gov. Pence talks about HIP 2.0 and others react to the federal approval

Hoosiers can start enrolling in HIP 2.0 from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo.   Lawmakers praise HIP 2.0 approval from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo.

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Understanding HIP 2.0

The following Q&A was provided by the governor’s office: When will HIP 2.0 start? FSSA has been working for months to implement HIP 2.0 and will begin taking applications immediately. Hoosiers interested in HIP 2.0 can go to www.HIP.IN.gov and see if they’re eligible based on their income and family size. Based on the information […]

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Feds approve HIP 2.0; coverage will start Feb. 1

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Federal officials have approved Gov. Mike Pence’s plan to expand health insurance coverage to lower-income Hoosiers, despite provisions that require some participants to pay part of the premium. Coverage under the expanded Healthy Indiana Plan – dubbed HIP 2.0 – will begin as early as Feb. 1 for individuals […]

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Video & story: Black lawmakers call for Medicaid expansion as Pence plans health care announcement

Indiana Black Legislative Caucus from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Black lawmakers said Monday the state should expand Medicaid as called for by the federal Affordable Care Act rather than trying to develop its own insurance program for poor Hoosiers. Gov. Mike Pence is waiting for word about his proposed Healthy […]

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Powdered alcohol prompts senator to respond with legislation

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new alcohol product is raising concerns among legislators about safety. Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, has proposed a bill that would make powdered or crystalline alcohol – including a product soon to be marketed under the name Palcohol – illegal for consumers in Indiana. Alting said constituents from “around the state, […]

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Video & story: Bill would help fund treatment for patients with brain, spinal cord injuries

Indiana Man Advocates For Spinal Chord and Brain Injury Fund from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Chris Leeuw was left paralyzed from the shoulders down after breaking his neck in a swimming accident in 2010. He spent the standard number of insurance-assisted weeks in rehabilitation, was discharged, but still required constant […]

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Diabetes legislation hits close to home for one Indianapolis family

Bill funding diabetes report put on hold from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When it comes to disease, knowledge can mean life or death. For Julie Ahlrichs and her family, diabetes has been a part of their lives for more than 40 years. While she is thankful that she and her […]

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‘Right to Try’ legislation faces first test

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Terminally-ill patients would gain access to experimental medication under a proposal heard by the House Public Health Committee on Monday. The measure, authored by state Rep. Wes Culver, R-Goshen, would allow terminally-ill individuals to use drugs which have not yet reached the final stage of approval by the Food […]

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Indiana Hospital Association rolls out new hospital cost-comparison website

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com The Indiana Hospital Association has developed a new website that will help Hoosiers understand hospital billing. The website can be found at mycareinsight.org and compares the costs of different hospitals across the state side-by-side, and illustrates hospital charge data in a compiled list. “Our goal with careINsight was to create an easy-to-use […]

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