Medicaid

Health leaders are raising awareness about a new initiative to tackle Indiana's high infant and maternal mortality rates. The state launched a public awareness campaign this week. 

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.” 

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.

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. 

Indiana Makes Changes To Help Hoosiers Quit Smoking

Jul 17, 2019

Indiana moves to help Hoosiers quit smoking with a new order signed in Indianapolis. The changes also include efforts to help pregnant mothers kick the habit.

Hoosiers who receive health insurance through the Healthy Indiana Plan, or HIP, may have to start logging work hours. 

Educators Learn Advocacy At School Health Conference

Jul 1, 2019

Mental health and Medicaid were some of the policy topics presented at the annual School Health Conference in Indianapolis this week but therewas also push for more action.

Rule To Include Drugs Prices In Ads Challenged

Jun 19, 2019

Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly is challenging a new federal rule that would require drug companies to include prices in TV ads.

Reducing high drug prices is one of President Donald Trump’s priorities, and the move for more transparency through advertising was announced last year. 

The state of Indiana has proposed a new program to help transition people from Indiana’s Medicaid expansion program, HIP 2.0, to commercial health insurance. If approved, the HIP Workforce Bridge program will be the first of its kind.

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.

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