Public Health News For Indiana

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An opioid epidemic.  High mortality rates from smoking.  Lack of access to care in rural communities.  Indiana faces serious public health challenges.  For in-depth coverage of these issues and more, Side Effects Public Media, headquartered at WFYI, is a news service that examines the state of Indiana’s health.

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Our Own Backyard: Side Effects To Focus On Indiana Public Health

9 hours ago

The facts are sobering: Indiana faces epidemic levels of chronic disease, a crisis of opioid and tobacco addiction and many barriers to health care access.

Indiana Senators Push Law Enforcement Mental Health Bill

Apr 25, 2017
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Indiana U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) are pushing legislation to help get law enforcement better access to mental health services.

Hopes Dim To Raise Indiana’s Cigarette Tax This Year

Apr 18, 2017
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In the last few hours of the legislative session, as lawmakers work out the final details of the budget, the proposed cigarette tax increase faces its last chance to pass.

Program Provides Cancer Patients With Medically-Tailored Meals

Apr 3, 2017
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Two out of every five Hoosiers are expected to develop cancer and studies show good nutrition enhances chances of survival. A program aims to support Hoosier cancer patients living with food insecurity with medically-tailored meals is getting a boost in Indy.

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Scott County, Indiana, was hammered in spring 2015 with an outbreak of HIV spread by intravenous drug users sharing needles. It was a wake-up call for the county about its opioid problem, an epidemic playing out in similar places all over the United States.

Treatment ‘Silos,’ Needle Exchange Bill Edges Forward In Indiana

Mar 24, 2017
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A bill that would give counties the ability to set up needle exchanges without first getting state approval is one step closer to becoming law.

Financing Sought For Healthy Food Legislation In Indiana

Mar 22, 2017
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Supporters of a bill that would expand access to healthy food rallied at the Statehouse this week. They are pushing for lawmakers to establish a healthy food financing initiative.

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The GOP's proposed health law, the American Health Care Act, has some mental health and addiction treatment advocates worried.

Experts Weigh Indiana's Medicaid Fate Under Proposed GOP ACA Replacement

Mar 8, 2017
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The House Republicans’ replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act—otherwise known as Obamacare—would gradually phase out enrollment in Medicaid expansion programs such as Indiana’s Healthy Indiana Plan.