Health

Here’s when drug prices will start to decrease for Medicare recipients

BY: - December 5, 2022

Starting next month, a $35 cap on insulin prices will go into effect for millions of Medicare recipients. The lower pricing is one of the first of several policy measures Americans will see in the coming months and years under the Inflation Reduction Act signed into law in August. The bill also requires pharmaceutical companies […]

Judge denies injunction blocking investigation into OB-GYN who handled controversial abortion

BY: - December 2, 2022

A Marion County judge on Friday chose not to block an investigation into two Indianapolis-based doctors who say they are being targeted by Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita. But while Marion County Superior Court Judge Heather Welch denied an injunction she did find that Rokita violated state confidentiality laws when he publicly discussed his office’s […]

Judge grants RFRA-based preliminary injunction against abortion ban

BY: - December 2, 2022

A Marion Superior Court judge on Friday evening granted a second preliminary injunction against Indiana’s abortion ban in a lawsuit wielding a controversial religious freedom law. The remedy preserves the pre-ban status quo while the matter continues playing out in court. “Many Hoosiers have sincere religious beliefs that they must be able to obtain an […]

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Opioid settlement cash to be in local hands within a week

BY: - December 2, 2022

Months after Indiana’s attorney general said he’d send about 660 local governments their shares of the state’s $507 million  opioid crisis settlement with drug manufacturers and distributers, none have received the money. But the state agencies coordinating the effort now say the cash will go out within a week. “Representatives from the [Attorney General’s] Office, […]

“Family glitch” fix makes insurance cheaper for some Hoosiers

BY: - December 2, 2022

Open enrollment on the federal health insurance marketplace will soon have a fix for the “family glitch,” meaning that thousands of previously ineligible Hoosiers may now qualify for cheaper coverage.  The Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) didn’t have specific estimates for the number of Hoosiers who might be impacted by the change; an estimated 5.1 […]

Rokita advances complaint against Bernard to Indiana Medical Licensing Board

BY: - November 30, 2022

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita on Wednesday sent a complaint against an Indianapolis-based doctor who is at the center of a controversial abortion case to the Indiana Medical Licensing Board. The Republican attorney general said in a statement that Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an OB-GYN, “failed to immediately report the abuse and rape of a child […]

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Hoosiers on WIC allowed more fruits and vegetables in proposed rule changes

BY: - November 30, 2022

More than 150,000 low-income Hoosier women — along with their infants and young children — enrolled in a nationally-funded nutritional program could see a pandemic-era allotment increase for fruits and vegetables made permanent under program rule changes proposed this month. “If these benefits are made permanent, Hoosier families will continue to have increased access to […]

Thousands of veterans deluge VA with claims for toxic exposure benefits, health care

BY: - November 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is processing claims at the fastest rate in its history, hoping to avoid a significant backlog as hundreds of thousands of veterans apply for health care and benefits under the landmark toxic exposure law Congress passed earlier this year. The day after President Joe Biden signed the […]

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Legislative leaders could trim governor’s public health request

BY: - November 22, 2022

Indiana’s top lawmakers on Monday indicated that Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Public Health recommendations — including additional health care spending of $243 million annually — will face a tough crowd in the General Assembly. They spoke at an Indiana Chamber of Commerce legislative preview, ahead of a January session that will include crafting the state’s […]

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Indiana abortion doctor testifies she properly reported 10-year-old rape victim’s abuse

BY: - November 22, 2022

An investigator at the Indiana Attorney General’s Office said in court Monday that the agency is still pursuing consumer complaints against an Indianapolis-based doctor who is at the center of a controversial abortion case. This despite testimony and evidence that appears to show Dr. Caitlin Bernard communicated with Ohio authorities even before performing the abortion […]

Premature births on the rise in Indiana

BY: - November 21, 2022

Another report, this time focused on premature births, concludes that the United States — and Indiana in particular — is one of the most dangerous developed nations in which to give birth. The March of Dimes report concludes that 10.5% of all births in 2021 were premature, a number that predates the reversal of nationwide […]

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Two communities find a cure for medical debt: pandemic stimulus funds

BY: - November 21, 2022

Local governments in Ohio and Illinois are using American Rescue Plan Act money to relieve residents struggling with medical debt by partnering with an organization that buys debt and wipes the slate clean for debtors.  It’s a strategy advocates say could be duplicated across the country to help erase a multibillion-dollar problem. On Nov. 9, […]