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Guest column: Getting the most health care to the most people

By Charlie Brown State representative As someone who was in on the birth of the Healthy Indiana Plan from the very beginning, I suppose I should feel paternal warmth at the praise that has been heaped on the program by Gov. Mike Pence in recent weeks.One of the core beliefs in my career as a […]

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Conflicting court rulings could impact Indiana health care subsidies

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Federal appeals courts handed down conflicting rulings Tuesday on whether residents in some states – including Indiana – qualify for government subsidies to pay for heath insurance. A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said no, ruling that the federal Affordable Care Act limits the subsidies […]

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Abortion rate fell again last year

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The abortion rate fell statewide in Indiana for a fifth consecutive year. Last year, 8,027 abortions were performed, an 8.9 percent drop since 2012 and the lowest number of pregnancies terminated in Indiana since 1975. The numbers are down more than 50 percent drop since the state’s all-time high […]

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West Nile virus found in Indiana mosquitoes

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State health officials confirmed the first signs of the West Nile virus after mosquitoes in Marshall and Pike counties tested positive for the virus. There have been no reported cases of the virus in Hoosiers, but officials expect the infected mosquitos can be found across the state. “It’s the […]

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Pence tells feds that HIP 2.0 has broad support

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State officials say they will submit a plan Wednesday to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan to more uninsured Hoosiers using federal Medicaid dollars. The plan – which Gov. Mike Pence has dubbed HIP 2.0 – could offer health insurance to as many as 350,000 people in Indiana. But the […]

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Pence names physician to serve as FSSA secretary

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence named Dr. John Wernert to serve as the secretary of the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration, the first medical doctor in the history of the agency to serve in this role. In addition, Pence named former FSSA Secretary Michael Gargano as the agency’s new deputy […]

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30 Laws: Football coaches to get more concussion, player safety training

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is the first state to require high school football coaches to take part in a player safety and concussion-training course. Senate Bill 222 – authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle – requires the course every two years. It takes effect July 1. The Department of Education recently decided […]

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30 Laws: Medicaid change means wheelchairs for more disabled children

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that will give disabled children the chance to be more mobile will go into effect July 1. Senate Bill 397 expands Medicaid to pay for specialized wheelchairs for children who are living in skilled nursing facilities – even if their conditions are unlikely to improve. “Many require […]

30 Laws: Legislators seek to give umbilical donation program a kick-start

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30 Laws: Legislators seek to give umbilical donation program a kick-start

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — By changing the name of an umbilical cord donation program and moving it to a different agency, lawmakers hope to get the Postnatal Donation Initiative actually launched. The General Assembly first passed a cord blood bank law in 2008 but the Family and Social Services Administration – which was […]

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FSSA Secretary Minott leaving as Medicaid negotiations continue

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The head of the Family and Social Services Administration is on her way out just as negotiations heat up with federal officials over Gov. Mike Pence’s alternative to a traditional Medicaid expansion. Secretary Debra Minott said Monday she will be “transitioning out” of her role as leader of the […]

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