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State to spend $1.3 million on campaign to reduce infant mortality

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state will spend $1.3 million on a public awareness campaign aimed at reducing Indiana’s rate of infant deaths, which is among the highest in the nation. A combination of television, radio, online, transit and other ads will launch next month with messages meant to encourage breastfeeding and prenatal […]

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Federal judge to hear arguments in state Obamacare case in October

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A federal judge has set oral arguments for Oct. 9 in a case that could strip Hoosiers of their ability to get federal subsidies for health insurance. Southern District Judge William T. Lawrence ruled late Tuesday that Indiana and 39 school districts can largely move forward with a case […]

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State studies whether to reduce rules for licensed workers

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State leaders are considering an overhaul of an occupational regulatory program that some experts say is out of whack. The changes could impact some 470,000 Hoosiers, including health care workers, barbers, plumbers, social workers and others – people who face rules that critics say are far too burdensome. In fact, one […]

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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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