Health & Wellness

Both Sides Of Abortion Debate Organize In Indianapolis

Jan 22, 2018

People on both sides of the abortion issue made their voices heard at the Indiana Statehouse today and young Hoosiers were well represented.

Hundreds of pro-life supporters from around the state attended a march and rally event in Indianapolis Monday. While a national rally has been held in Washington for many years, this was the first time the event was organized in Indiana.

Anna Allgaier, regional coordinator for Students for Life of America, says Hoosier youth are pro-life.

New Guidelines Address Acute Pain Management

Jan 17, 2018

Indiana health leaders unveiled new guidelines for prescribing pain medication at the Statehouse Wednesday.  They are part of state efforts to combat the opioid epidemic says Indiana drug czar Jim McClelland.

“The crisis that is resulting in economic costs approximating $1.5 billion in the state and incalculable human costs,” McClelland says.

Health and business leaders called on the legislature Tuesday to support House Bill 1380 at a rally.

The bill would increase the age for buying cigarettes to 21 and add a $1.50 tax per pack of cigarettes.

Indiana Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Brinegar spoke at the Raise It For Health rally. He says the state’s smoking habit costs employers three weeks a year in lost productivity for smoke breaks and nearly $3 billion in health care expenses.

Lawmakers Hear Testimony On CBD Access Issues

Jan 16, 2018

State lawmakers are again weighing in on CBD oil. It was sold in many stores – over the counter – but the hemp extract is only legal for those with treatment resistant epilepsy. Legislators are considering a number of bills to increase access to the substance.

Indiana senators heard testimony for two measures concerning CBD or cannabidiol oil. Sen. Mike Young (R-Indianapolis) says one bill clarifies sale of the oil and the other legalizes its use more broadly.

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On Friday, Kentucky became the first state with federal approval to implement a so-called work requirement for Medicaid recipients. The commonwealth is one of ten states, including Indiana, that have requested approval from the federal government for such a provision.

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