Public Health News For Indiana

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An opioid epidemic.  High  smoking rates.  Health care provider shortages. Indiana faces serious public health challenges.   Side Effects Public Media provides in-depth coverage of these issues and more.

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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.

Fearing Cuts, Many Women Stock Up on Birth Control

Mar 6, 2017
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Mary Bonheimer wants to wait a few years before having another child. Uninsured and working part-time as a waitress so she and her fiancé can split time caring for their 18-month-old daughter, she plans to stay on birth control pills for now.

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A new study from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI in Indianapolis has found that restricting opioid prescriptions may have an unintended side effect: more overdose deaths involving heroin and fentanyl. The study also shows that Indiana’s reports don’t reflect the actual number of overdose deaths in which opioid drugs are present.

Indiana Overdose Deaths Continue To Mirror National Trends

Feb 27, 2017
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Deaths from drug overdoses have continued to increase in Indiana, mirroring national trends reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week.

Note: This story was updated at 11 p.m. February 22, 2017. 

The federal government is welcoming public comment on an application to renew Indiana’s Medicaid program until March 17. The program needs federal approval to continue because its design is an experiment: Unlike Medicaid expansions in other states, the Healthy Indiana Plan, or HIP 2.0, requires members to make monthly payments. Now Indiana has to argue that the experiment is working.

Indiana Locals Could Soon Approve Needle Exchanges, But Still Lack Funding

Feb 20, 2017
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New governor Eric Holcomb promised in his State of the State address to make it easier for counties to establish syringe exchange programs and a bill moving through the legislature would make that possible.

But the programs still face significant opposition from officials, and funding the programs remains the largest barrier.

 


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