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Chamber, Wellness Council Team With Governor to Assist Employers in Battling Opioid Epidemic

It’s official! The Indiana Chamber and Wellness Council of Indiana are joining forces with Gov. Eric Holcomb and his administration in its effort to combat the opioid epidemic. Today’s announcement: the Indiana Workforce Recovery initiative. The impact of drug abuse on Hoosiers, families and communities has been well documented. Those negative consequences of individual addiction have spread to the [...]

2018-02-09T13:23:39+00:00 February 9th, 2018|

Indiana Chamber, Wellness Council of Indiana Team With Governor to Assist Employers in Battling Opioid Epidemic

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Joining forces with Gov. Eric Holcomb and his administration in its effort to combat the opioid epidemic, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Wellness Council of Indiana today announced the Indiana Workforce Recovery initiative. The impact of drug abuse on Hoosiers, families and communities has been well documented. Those negative consequences of individual addiction have spread to [...]

2018-02-09T11:47:42+00:00 February 9th, 2018|

Drug Formulary Bill for Workers Comp. Heard in Committee; Opioid Continuing Education Bill Passes Full Senate

Drug Formulary Bill for Workers Comp. Heard in Committee Bill and Title: SB 369 – Workers Compensation Drug Formulary Author: Sen.  Randy Head (R-Logansport) Summary: Requires the commissioner of insurance to adopt rules for exclusive use, beginning July 1, 2020, of a workers’ compensation drug formulary by workers’ compensation insurers. Specifies application of the formulary for employees who file [...]

2018-01-26T14:27:56+00:00 January 26th, 2018|

Chamber Talks Workforce Needs, Impact of Opioid Addiction and Smoking

Three big issues expected to be debated in the General Assembly in the coming days and weeks are workforce needs, the opioid crisis and smoking rates. We’ve done so well recently from an employment standpoint that we've almost outstripped our ability to hire skilled workers since unemployment is so low in the state. It’s clear we need to raise [...]

2018-01-05T13:15:55+00:00 January 5th, 2018|

Indiana Chamber Talks Workforce Needs, Impact of Opioid Addiction as 2018 Legislative Session Begins

(INDIANAPOLIS) — As the 2018 General Assembly gets underway, the Indiana Chamber is highlighting three big issues expected to be debated in the coming days and weeks: workforce needs, the opioid crisis and smoking rates. Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar says, “We’ve done so well recently from an employment standpoint that we've almost outstripped our ability to hire [...]

2018-01-03T12:49:07+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|

Health Care: Marijuana Message Shared; Senate Majority Leader McConnell Invites Chamber to Opioid Roundtable

The Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys held a summit this week on the Truth About Marijuana. The event and preceding press conference were conducted to provide factual data about marijuana and spotlight the information that has developed from states that have enacted legislation making marijuana legal recreationally and medicinally. The Indiana Chamber was invited to present along with Indiana [...]

2017-12-08T13:57:00+00:00 December 8th, 2017|

Around the Horn in Washington

- President Trump last week declared opioid addiction as a public health emergency. This is different terminology than a national emergency, which would allow for federal funding towards the epidemic. The Indiana Chamber is engaged in helping fight this scourge at the state and federal levels and will keep membership engaged on this issue. Governor Eric Holcomb responded, “I [...]

2017-11-03T13:20:19+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

Young and Donnelly Join Forces; Hollingsworth Endorses National Right to Work Act

- Senators Todd Young and Joe Donnelly joined Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), co-chairs of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, in signing a bipartisan letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney calling for $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to be included in the next fiscal budget request (for [...]

2017-10-27T14:07:13+00:00 October 27th, 2017|

Around the Horn – News Briefs From the Indiana Delegation

- Senator Todd Young has joined Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) in an effort to simplify the complex enrollment process for the growing number of Americans aging into Medicare. The duo introduced the bipartisan Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act. The BENES Act, which is supported by nearly 70 organizations that represent older Americans, people with disabilities, insurers [...]

2017-10-20T14:18:19+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

Donnelly Pushes Dodd-Frank Reforms; Walorski Testifies on Opioid Crisis; and More Federal Briefs

Indiana’s Joe Donnelly was among the Democrat senators on the Senate Banking Committee pushing the chairman for bipartisan regulatory relief to end Obama-era financial regulations. The group asked chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) to “reach an agreement on a regulatory reform package that can come before the committee” – and by the end of the year. The Democrats are backing a [...]

2017-10-13T11:46:54+00:00 October 13th, 2017|