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Indiana leaders differ on needle exchange legislation

By Alec Gray & Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State leaders are split on needle exchange legislation with just days until the General Assembly is set to adjourn for the year. Senate President Pro Tem David Long said Thursday he supports the extension of a temporary needle exchange in Scott County – the epicenter of […]

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Video & story: Veterans, lawmakers clash over bills – many, many bills

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – At the Indiana Statehouse there are bills to give property tax breaks and hunting permits to veterans. There’s legislation to pay for specialized treatment for soldiers who come home suffering from post-traumatic stress. And there are proposals to help the children of disabled veterans go to college. “All of […]

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Video & story: Miller says she’s open to needle exchange legislation as So. Indiana HIV epidemic worsens

Mom talks about the importance of needle exchange from TheStatehouseFile.com. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A key Republican senator says she’s open to needle exchange legislation but needs the go-ahead from her GOP caucus to sign on. Public Health Chairman Pat Miller, R-Indianapolis, said after two hours of sometimes-emotional testimony on the proposal that […]

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Infant mortality plan passes Senate

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that aims to reduce the infant mortality rate in Indiana passed the Senate on Wednesday. HB 1004 creates the Safety Protecting Indiana’s Newborns grant program, which lawmakers call Safety PIN. The grant funds would be administered by the Indiana State Department of Health to local healthcare providers […]

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Bill to give immunity to volunteer docs, nurses moves back to House

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that gives civil immunity to volunteer healthcare providers. House Bill 1145, authored by Rep. David Frizzell, R-Indianapolis, is meant to encourage doctors, nurses and other providers to volunteer their services. The bill does not give civil immunity for events that may occur […]

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Needle exchange legislation passes House

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow needle exchange programs across Indiana passed the House on Tuesday and is headed back to the Senate which hasn’t considered that provision of the legislation. Senate Bill 461 – sponsored by Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany – would lower the legal barriers for providing needles to […]

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Senate passes bill to study ‘baby boxes’

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday to study whether to give Hoosiers who don’t want to keep their babies another avenue for dropping them off at health care facilities and firehouses. House Bill 1016, authored by Rep. Casey Cox, R-Fort Wayne, would require the Commission on Improving the […]

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Video & story: Pence orders limited needle exchange to stem Scott County HIV outbreak

Scott County has the green light to administer a needle exchange program from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Scott County officials now have the authority to administer a needle exchange program to help fight the recent HIV outbreak in Southern Indiana. “I do not enter into this lightly,” Gov. Mike Pence […]

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Pence set to declare emergency in Scott County HIV cases

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – All eyes are on Scott County as Gov. Mike Pence is set to declare a public health emergency to battle a recent HIV outbreak among intravenous drug users there. The move could give the Pence administration more power to take action in Southern Indiana, which now has 72 confirmed […]

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Right-to-try bill headed to Pence, provides dying patients access to experimental drugs

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Legislation to provide terminally ill patients with access to experimental drugs heads to the governor after it received final approval in the House on Thursday. Authored by state Rep. Wes Culver, R-Goshen, House Bill 1065 would let patients with limited time to live obtain medicines that have not yet reached […]

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