The Indiana Health Department issued a standing order Tuesday allowing Hoosiers to obtain the measles vaccine from any pharmacy that carries it.

Lauren Chapman

An effort to raise Indiana’s tobacco tax failed during this year’s legislative session as well as other attempts to reduce smoking in the Hoosier state. 

Jill Sheridan

A new tool is available for Indiana medical providers to fulfill continuing education requirements. The training is focused on opioid prescribing and abuse.

Drug Take Back Highlights New Search Tool

Apr 27, 2019

Indiana has expanded many policies and programs to deal with the opioid epidemic. Prescription drug take back events are one tool to help prevent misuse and overdose. 

Public Health Funding Report Finds Indiana Behind

Apr 26, 2019

Indiana lags behind other states when it comes to public health funding, according to a new report.  The analysis examines what the state spends to prevent disease and injury.

Funding For Doulas Cut Out Of Budget

Apr 25, 2019
Sen. Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis) is the bill's author. She says the legislature was more focused on limiting women's access to health care than reducing infant mortality. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

A bill to cover doulas under Medicaid passed the Indiana legislature and was signed into law. The money for the measure, however, was stripped out of the budget in the last days of session.

(Courtesy of Purdue University)
Lauren Chapman

Autism research and education get a boost in Indiana with a newly designated university center.  The Purdue Autism Research Center, or PARC was created in response to a community call for more autism research.  

Indiana Moves To Expand Medicaid Coverage For Doulas

Apr 19, 2019

UPDATE: Lawmakers stripped funding for the doula Medicaid expansion out of the budget right before the end of the legislative session.  Although the bill is now law, it’s uncertain how it moves forward without funds.

Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed new legislation to extend Medicaid coverage for doulas.

New MOMS Text Service Launches In Indiana

Apr 19, 2019
Lauren Chapman

A new text message service from the Indiana State Department of Health aims to connect more moms-to-be with pregnancy resources.

Youth Summit Addresses Substance Abuse Prevention

Apr 17, 2019

Dozens of Indiana students attended a substance abuse prevention summit at the Statehouse. The event highlighted the expansion of one program to reduce prescription drug abuse.