Senate Democrats provide an update on needle exchange to combat HIV outbreak in southern Indiana

Senate Democrat Leader Tim Lanane, Assistant Democrat Leader Jean D. Breaux and Senator Mark Stoops held a media availability to discuss negotiations that occurring in the final week of the legislative session to combat the HIV outbreak in southern Indiana. The Senate Democrats offered a three-pronged approach to fight the spread of the disease that consists of needle exchanges, testing and ultimately drug treatment.


Democrats continue the push for affordable health care

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), states were given the ability to expand Medicaid services to their most vulnerable citizens with 100% of the expansion being funded by the federal government through 2016. Since 2012, Senate Democrats have made this health care expansion a legislative priority by offering a number of proposals that would for the first time offer affordable health care options to 400,000 Hoosiers, create 30,000 high-paying jobs, and bring billions of dollars of additional economic activity to the state of Indiana.

After a year of negotiations to establish Indiana’s mechanism for expanding Medicaid under the ACA, the governor recently submitted a proposal to the federal government to expand health care coverage in Indiana. Although the final details of the proposal have not been approved by the Center for Medicaid Services (CMS), Senate Democrats are encouraged by the governor embracing the president’s health care law and working with the federal government to expand health care to working Hoosiers.

However, members of the Senate Democratic Caucus have long pointed to the years of federal funding, health care coverage, job growth and economic development that have been lost due to the indecision of the governor and Statehouse Republicans.

We have compiled an easy-to-read timeline of what has taken place in Indiana government and highlighted the most significant events regarding the expansion of Medicaid in Indiana.

Medicaid Expansion Timeline

VIDEO: Sen. Stoops on status of budget, mass transit for central Indiana and school vouchers

State Senator Mark Stoops reflects on a couple of the larger issues moving through the Indiana Senate, including the new 2-year budget, mass transit expansion for central Indiana and the expansion of school vouchers.


VIDEO: Stoops with a mid-session update on education initiatives, photographing ag operations

As the 2013 legislative session hits its halfway point, State Senator Mark Stoops explains how legislation moves across the rotunda for consideration by the Indiana House. Sen. Stoops also provides an update on some of the education initiatives being considered this legislative session, as well as the proposal to prohibit taking photographs of agricultural and industrial operations.