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Video & story: Pence signs bill to give civil immunity to volunteer doctors, nurses

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law on Tuesday that gives civil immunity to volunteer healthcare providers. The new law also provides immunity to licensed medical professionals who volunteer their services at no cost to taxpayers or patients. It applies to physician assistants, advanced nurses, podiatrists, and optometrists […]

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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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Letter: Setting goals in the fight against cancer will lead to success

To the editor:   Cancer is a complex set of diseases with many different causes. Some cancers are caused by viruses such as hepatitis and human papillomavirus (HPV). One of the most common cancers in women throughout the world is cervical cancer, in which HPV plays an essential causal role. The development of a vaccine […]

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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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Patients could get treatment without in-person appointments under bill passed to Senate

By Danielle Faczan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would allow doctors to treat their patients – including writing prescriptions – without an in-person appointment. House Bill 1258 would require the Indiana Medical Licensing Board to adopt emergency rules that would allow caregivers to administer “distance treatments.” Rep. Robin Shackleford, […]