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A new study is the first to measure access to preventative health care services after the Affordable Care Act, or ACA.

The study looked at low-income adults without children in 30 states, including Indiana, where Medicaid has been expanded. It finds these adults are accessing more preventative care services like immunizations, screenings and mammograms.

Indiana University researcher and professor Kosali Simon co-authored the paper and says prevention is one goal of the ACA.

Hoosier State Rail Line Funding In Question

Feb 3, 2017

The General Assembly provided $6 million in one-time money from the last state budget for the Hoosier State Rail Line between Indianapolis and Chicago. And lawmakers were prepared to provide that funding again in this year’s budget.

 

The House Public Health Committee approved legislation this week to raise the cigarette tax by a $1.50, up to nearly $2.50 a pack. It also increases the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. Proponents say the bill will help address the state’s high smoking rate – a quarter of Hoosiers smoke. Some opponents say the tax hike will hurt convenience stores because Indiana would lose its competitive price advantage over other states.

The Indiana Department of Education presented its two-year budget proposal to lawmakers Thursday.

For the most part, State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick’s first request in the job mirrored Gov. Eric Holcomb’s conservative K-12 funding plan.

Committee Carves Out Tesla From Direct Sales Ban

Feb 2, 2017

A House committee changed legislation that bans direct sales by auto manufacturers to essentially grandfather in electric car maker Tesla.

Electric car manufacturer Tesla does not use dealerships, it sells directly to customers. And so the company – and its customers – objected to the bill that would have barred them from doing so within the next few years.

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