Sarah Fentem

Reporter and Digital Producer, Side Effects

A native midwesterner, Sarah Fentem has been a radio reporter in Indiana for years, first at WFIU in Bloomington and later at WBAA in West Lafayette, where she covered health policy for the state's regional journalism collaborative. She specializes in reporting on the wonkier bits of health care: federal legislative changes, pharmaceutical prices and the individual health insurance market.

 

In addition to being a reporter, Sarah works as Side Effects' digital producer, editing stories for web, maintaining the website and social media feeds and managing other bits of the newsroom's daily grind.

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Indiana’s Medicaid program got an update on Feb. 2 when the federal government approved a new version of the Healthy Indiana Plan.

The new changes became effective Feb. 1.

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Indiana Medicaid will now cover residential treatment, detoxification and peer recovery services. The federal government approved the expanded coverage earlier this month as part of the Healthy Indiana Plan’s Medicaid waiver extension.

Epidemiologists traditionally have depended on what people say to discover how disease spreads. But in investigating Indiana's recent HIV outbreak, the CDC tracked what the virus says — by looking at its DNA.


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The Senate Health and Provider Services Committee on Wednesday threw its support behind a bill that would require Indiana physicians to check the state prescription database — called INSPECT— before prescribing powerful drugs, including opioids. 


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While drug-related deaths continue to rise throughout Indiana, one county saw a decrease in drug fatalities in 2017.


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This year’s enrollment on the federal healthcare marketplace dipped just slightly in Indiana, despite a shortened sign-up period and a drop in federal navigator funding.


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On a recent morning in downtown Tippecanoe County Indiana, a standing-room-only crowd showed up for a county commissioners meeting. The issue at hand? Renewing the county’s syringe exchange program.


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Syringe exchanges are a controversial concept. Even when they're successful at containing disease, they can be difficult to sell to the public. In Madison County, Indiana, residents' ethical concerns shut down a program, which was put in place to curb rates of hepatitis C.

Rock And Enroll: Open Enrollment Questions, Answered

Nov 1, 2017
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Nov. 1 marks the first day of 2018 open enrollment, the period in which people can sign up for insurance through healthcare.gov. The Affordable Care Act has been through the legislative wringer this year, and there are plenty of changes this period for people buying insurance on the marketplace. WFIU’s Becca Costello and Side Effects’ Sarah Fentem answer some open enrollment questions — with the help of some policy experts.

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Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act exchange starts this week. But customers shopping for 2018 plans may not get as much help as they have in previous years.


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