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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 […]

Commentary: Held hostage by our healers

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Commentary: Held hostage by our healers

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com Has the imposition of a 2.3 percent tax on the flourishing medical device industry made it so the lame shall not walk and Little Nell shall die? Steve Ferguson, chairman of the famed Bloomington-based Cook Group, waxed no less dire than that in his recent op-ed piece in The Star, the […]

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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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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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Bill would treat massage therapists as health care workers

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a bill on Tuesday that would hold massage therapists to a higher standard of care. House Bill 1360, authored by Rep. Sue Errington, D-Muncie, applies the standards of practice of health professions to certified massage therapists. Current law governs and certifies massage therapists through the professional […]

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House gets bill to treat massage therapists as health care providers

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would impose stricter regulations on massage therapists passed the House Public Health Committee on Monday. House Bill 1360 would require professional massage therapists to be held to the same standards as other health care professionals, according to the bill’s author, Rep. Sue Errington, D-Muncie. “Professional massage therapists […]

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House passes bill to offer death benefits for EMTs

By Chris Arnold TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would provide a special death benefit to emergency medical technicians and paramedics has passed the Indiana ouse and now moves to the full Senate for consideration. Rep. Karlee Macer, D-Indianapolis, authored House Bill 1080, which passed the House by a vote of 92-1. It creates a […]

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