A full funding recommendation from the Public Health Committee to the governor may be on life support even before the start of the legislative session.
Legislative leaders reviewed the session at an Indiana Chamber of Commerce event on Monday.
Indiana has one of the most unhealthy populations in the country by almost any measure. And the governor established a commission to make recommendations for improving Indiana’s public health system.
One of its main proposals: $240 million annually for public health in the state budget.
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Senate Pro Tim Roderick Bray (R-Martinsville) refrained from that price.
“I’m not sure if we sent that kind of money to our local health departments, they would be able to handle that well,” Bray said.
House Speaker Todd Houston (R Fishers) wasn’t quick to turn down the $240 million recommendation.
“I just want to make sure that the additional investments are used in a way that’s consistent with the current investments that we’re making and that they have clear, measurable results,” Heston said.
Senate Democratic Leader Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) said the government needs to step up efforts to improve Indiana’s poor health record.
“Until we focus solely on the fact that poor people lack health care, we will fight and we will continue to fight,” Taylor said.
The session starts in January.
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