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The National Federation of the Blind filed a lawsuit in federal district court against the Indiana state agency that handles Medicaid benefits. The lawsuit alleges the state agency has committed “systemic violations of the civil rights of blind Indiana residents.” 

Infant Deaths High In Four Midwest States, CDC Says

Aug 6, 2019

Four Midwestern states have infant mortality rates “significantly higher” than the U.S. average, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control says.

On Aug. 1, Indiana began a new state policy to help people stop smoking. Now, most Hoosiers can now get smoking cessation medications straight from a pharmacist. State leaders hope this will combat Indiana's high smoking rate. 

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network released a report Thursday on what states have done to reduce cancer deaths – and organization leaders say Indiana lawmakers have largely fallen short.

One of the country’s top health officials visited Bloomington Friday. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar toured Baxter International. He joined Baxter CEO Joe Almeida as he signed the Pledge to America’s Workers, a commitment from companies around the country to train millions of workers. 

Indiana State Fair Amusement Ride Safety Checks Performed

Aug 2, 2019

There are 57 rides at the Indiana State Fair this year, all of which need to be inspected before fairgoers can ride them.

Matthew Cronley from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security says ride inspectors pay close attention to what they call "safety items."

“Today what we are really looking for are more the life safety items,” he says. “If it clicks, or if it buckles, we want to make sure that all of those actions take place, they just don’t pull apart. You actually have to press the button or release the buckle for it to actually disengage.”

Tobacco Cessation Program Launches Aug. 1

Aug 1, 2019

A new statewide order begins Thursday, Aug. 1 which aims to lower Indiana's smoking rate. Now, most people in Indiana won’t need a doctors visit to receive tobacco cessation medications. They can go straight to a pharmacist. 

A new report says the number of Indiana children who died because of abuse or neglect went up, year-over-year.

Partnership Provides Nurse Faculty In Fort Wayne

Jul 28, 2019

Like many states, Indiana faces a nursing shortage. One health system and college in the state have partnered to address the problem.

Food Banks Receive $300,000 In State Funding

Jul 26, 2019

Indiana distributed $300,000 to food banks across the state. The funding was was set aside in the new, two-year state budget passed earlier this year. 

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