2014 Indiana General Assembly

Rep. Brown health legislation wins House approval

2014-01-29T19:00:00Z 2014-01-29T19:48:21Z Rep. Brown health legislation wins House approvalBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
January 29, 2014 7:00 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House this week approved three health care-related proposals sponsored by state Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, that now go to the Senate for further review.

House Bill 1335, which passed 93-0, would require the Legislature study the best ways to manage health care costs for Hoosiers who incur more than $1.5 million in treatment expenses due to chronic conditions.

"Currently, 78 percent of health care expenses are consumed by only 5 percent of the population," Brown said. "The purpose of this study committee will be to figure out what is causing these trends and to decide what can be done to even out the disproportionate consumption of medical resources."

Specialists in addiction treatment who relocate to Indiana would become eligible for a state student loan forgiveness program under Brown's House Bill 1360, which also passed 93-0.

"We are already offering this program to other doctors, and I think it's important to provide the same incentive to individuals who choose to help addicts in our community," Brown said.

His final proposal, House Bill 1358, which passed 79-0, keeps the Indiana Office of Minority Health in business beyond its scheduled July 1 termination date.

"This office focuses on the health issues and concerns that are facing thousands of minorities across the state," Brown said. "We do not need to be eliminating it at a time when health care concerns are so critical."

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