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Focus on Mental Health, Opioid Impact at 2018 Indiana Health & Wellness Summit September 6-7

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Mental health and the impact of the opioid epidemic on the workforce augment a robust lineup of educational breakout sessions at the upcoming 2018 Indiana Health & Wellness Summit on September 6-7 in downtown Indianapolis. The two-day summit is one of the largest annual gatherings of wellness professionals in the state and is a partnership between the Indiana [...]

2018-07-26T10:08:46+00:00 July 26th, 2018|

Indiana Workforce Recovery Making Progress

The opioid epidemic impacting many parts of Indiana and our country did not happen overnight. The solutions won’t be immediate, either, but the Indiana Workforce Recovery effort of the Indiana Chamber and the Wellness Council of Indiana is moving forward. -Allyson Blandford The initiative, announced earlier this year in partnership with the state, is in place to help address the [...]

2018-07-12T13:59:30+00:00 June 26th, 2018|

Focus on Health This Summer

What’s the state of Indiana’s health? Unfortunately, it’s not good. In fact, Indiana ranks at the bottom in several health metrics. One of those is opioid abuse, which has received a lot of attention recently around the state. However, Hoosiers also continue to struggle with tobacco use and obesity (and diseases related to both), as well as high infant mortality rates. [...]

2018-06-29T13:01:30+00:00 June 12th, 2018|

Latest on Efforts to Combat Opioid Epidemic – Employee Substance Abuse Treatment Program and Chamber’s Indiana Workforce Recovery Initiative

A new law (via HB 1007) requires the state’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) – a branch of Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) – to establish best practice guidelines to assist employers with employees who agree to participate in a drug education and addiction treatment program. DMHA is also to promote voluntary participation by employers [...]

2018-05-11T14:01:14+00:00 May 11th, 2018|

Donnelly, Young Rank Among Most Bipartisan Senators; Opioids and Career Technical Education Recent Policy Focus

In its newest Bipartisan Index, the Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University recognized Indiana’s two senators for their willingness to reach across the aisle. Senator Joe Donnelly ranks as the fourth most bipartisan senator, and the most bipartisan Democrat, while Sen. Todd Young comes in ninth. The full Senate rankings are available here. [...]

2018-04-27T13:22:25+00:00 April 27th, 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|

General Statehouse: Where Key Bills Stand

The 2018 Indiana legislative session is in the home stretch with an end date of this coming Wednesday. Another select group of business-related bills crossed the finish line this week (and last) and are ultimately headed to the Governor’s desk. Others are bound for conference committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions. Meanwhile, two bills saw [...]

2018-03-09T11:36:18+00:00 March 9th, 2018|

Opioid Continuing Education Bill Passes Senate Health Committee; Pay Raise for Pharmacists Heard in Senate Insurance

Opioid Continuing Education Bill Passes Senate Health Committee Bill # and Title: SB 225 – Continuing Education Requirements Author: Sen. Randy Head (R-LaPorte) Summary: Establishes continuing education requirements for licensed health care practitioners who apply for a controlled substances registration. Provides that the continuing education requirements expire July 1, 2025. Chamber Position: Support Status: Passed out of the Senate [...]

2018-01-12T14:16:32+00:00 January 12th, 2018|