health care

More Patients Turning To Pharmacies For Flu Shots

Oct 26, 2016
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New research shows how pharmacists administering flu shots is leading to a change in how we immunize ourselves.

Today, it’s common for people to get their flu shots at a drug store pharmacy. That wasn’t always the case because in the past, only doctors and nurses could give the shots. 

An Indiana University study shows the number of flu shots given in pharmacies increased dramatically once laws changed.

In 2007, around 3 million flu shots were given at pharmacies. Six years, later, and that number has risen to almost 21 million.

Purdue University

The Purdue Board of Trustees met Friday, where President Mitch Daniels gave his end-of-the-year report and the Board approved an increased cost on faculty health care premiums.

NEW STUDENTS

Purdue University set several records this year with its incoming freshman class, research funding, technology transfer and donations.

But Daniels says there’s still a way to go.

State of Indiana / http://www.in.gov/fssa/hip/

 The Indiana Department of Correction says it has reached a milestone by enrolling thousands of released offenders in HIP 2.0 and Medicaid.  

State of Indiana

The Pence administration says a primary reason for legislation it’s pushing to enshrine the Healthy Indiana Plan in state statute is to give the state leverage in next year’s negotiation with the federal government over the program’s renewal. 

The bill to codify HIP 2.0 cleared the Senate earlier this session with relative ease.  Its path through the House was a little more difficult as lawmakers there expressed more skepticism about the idea of enshrining the program’s specifics in state law. 

Department of Veterans Affairs / http://www.va.gov/

U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says his department is making progress in rebuilding trust lost in last year’s scandal involving manipulated wait times and falsified waiting lists. 

In a visit to Indiana Thursday, McDonald said the disability claims backlog has been reduced by 80-percent in the last couple of years, and the VA has completed more than seven million more appointments this year than last year. 

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Tens of thousands of people across Indiana are waiting on the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the fate of their federal health insurance subsidies.

The Supreme Court will rule within the next several days on a lawsuit claiming the Affordable Care Act doesn’t allow enrollees in states that chose not to operate state-run health care exchanges to access subsidies that reduce the cost of insurance. 

Gretchen Frazee / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Ask Republican legislative leaders how they’re feeling after the governor announced that, after months of negotiations, Indiana would expand healthcare coverage for its working poor, you’ll get essentially the same answer:

"It’s a really big day for Indiana,” says House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis).

Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) called it "a remarkable achievement for Indiana.” 

“Oh, very exciting; great day for Indiana,” says House Public Health Committee Chair Ed Clere (R-New Albany).

Cost Of Aging Hits Religious Orders Particularly Hard

Dec 3, 2014
Gretchen Frazee / Indiana Public Broadcasting

As the Baby Boomer generation ages, younger Americans are having to provide for their elders. 

That trend can also be seen within religious institutions such as monasteries and convents…but there, it’s more pronounced.

That’s putting a strain on congregations’ budgets and prompting some nuns to seek creative ways to provide for their aging sisters.

Read the full story here.

courtesy Dan Coats

U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) says the Republican Party’s capture of the Senate will make all the difference for his party -- if lawmakers handle their new leadership the right way.

Coats says Republicans have been incredibly frustrated the last few years as bills sent from the GOP-controlled House were blocked by a Democratic majority in the Senate, often without debate. 

The Hoosier Senator says the victories won in this month’s election can allow the GOP to advance its alternatives to President Obama’s proposals.

State of Indiana

The Pence Administration is seeking a waiver to replace Indiana’s Medicaid program with a new version of the Healthy Indiana Plan. 

Speaking at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis Thursday, Governor Pence unveiled a new state-sponsored health care plan that would cover Hoosiers who earn up to 138-percent of the federal poverty limit.

Like the original Healthy Indiana Plan, HIP 2.0 asks individuals to pay into a health savings account. Those who do will be eligible for a new top tier plan called HIP PLUS.

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