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Bipartisan Efforts From Donnelly, Young, Brooks, Bucshon and Visclosky Take Next Steps

- On Wednesday, the Senate Agriculture Committee passed the 2018 Farm Bill with strong bipartisan support. It includes a number of provisions from Indiana’s senior senator, Joe Donnelly, who serves on the committee. Donnelly helped craft the bipartisan bill and spoke during the committee markup about Hoosier priorities for the bill. Donnelly’s provisions included in the bill would help [...]

2018-06-15T13:26:50+00:00 June 15th, 2018|

A Look at What the New Worker’s Comp Drug Formulary Law Means for Indiana

A Look at What the New Worker’s Comp Drug Formulary Law Means for Indiana Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) is a very extensively used and adopted worker’s compensation medical treatment, return-to-work and drug formulary guideline. ODG is evidenced-based and has impressive data analytics to back up those guidelines. Approximately 100 physicians of all medical specialties active in worker’s comp make [...]

2018-04-27T13:17:24+00:00 April 27th, 2018|

Opioid Recovery, Coal Tax Credit and More

• On Tuesday, Sen. Todd Young joined Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.), all members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, to introduce the Jobs Plus Recovery Act to incorporate job training into drug addiction recovery programs. The bipartisan legislation would establish a pilot program that gives individuals impacted by opioid addiction or [...]

2018-04-13T12:47:31+00:00 April 13th, 2018|

Disappointments Overshadow a Few Victories in Health Care and Labor Relations

By Mike Ripley, vice president of health care policy and employment law Simply put, it was one of the Chamber’s biggest disappointments of the session: The General Assembly failing to implement reforms to reduce smoking in Indiana. We knew the landscape going in but felt something positive could occur. Since 2018 was a non-budget year, that meant no one [...]

2018-03-30T11:49:04+00:00 March 30th, 2018|

Drug Formulary Bill for Worker’s Comp Passes House, Would Help Curb Opioid Supply; New Employer Assistance Drug Program Proposed in Health Committee, Amended Into Bill

Drug Formulary Bill for Worker’s Comp Passes House, Would Help Curb Opioid Supply Bill and Title: SB 369 – Workers Compensation Drug Formulary Author: Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) Summary: Except during a medical emergency, prohibits workers’ compensation and occupational disease compensation reimbursement for drugs specified in the Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) Workers’ Compensation Drug Formulary Appendix A published by [...]

2018-03-02T13:38:36+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|

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|