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RMFF Release: Indiana taxpayers pay 40% more for smokers’ healthcare, new Medicaid analysis shows

RMFF Release: Indiana taxpayers pay 40% more for smokers’ healthcare, new Medicaid analysis shows

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2017   MEDIA CONTACT: Francesca Jarosz Brady 317-454-8031(O); 317-450-2617(C) fjarosz@voxglobal.com     INDIANA TAXPAYERS PAY 40 PERCENT MORE FOR SMOKERS’ HEALTHCARE, NEW MEDICAID ANALYSIS SHOWS Study offers a rare look at real public expenditures for smokers and non-smokers in Indiana INDIANAPOLIS (March 15, 2017)—The monthly healthcare cost borne by Indiana taxpayers for smokers is 40.3 percent higher than the cost for non-smokers, an analysis rel…

Indianapolis Business Journal: Fairbanks Foundation sharpens focus in quest to maximize impact

For more than 30 years, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation operated without a specific vision. Its founder, Indianapolis businessman Richard M. Fairbanks II, who led the organization until his death in August 2000, intentionally did not set strict parameters for how funds should be spent. He established the foundation in 1986 with a $5,000 contribution as a way to keep his estate from either going directly to his children—whom he believed could be ruined by inherited wealth—or being dimi…

The Indianapolis Star: What if drug addictions were treated like a heart attack?

The fear was that it was futile. Emergency responders would deliver naloxone in the field, bring heroin users back from the brink of death, take them to a hospital for a quick check, and a few hours later, the patient would head back to the life that had brought them there in the first place. As the number of naloxone doses administered each year soared, Eskenazi Health emergency room doctors felt compelled to respond. Last year they started a pilot program with a $20,000 grant from Drug Free…
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