Working this summer for a healthier Indiana

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Thursday, June 30, 2016

The summer and fall months, also known as the interim, give lawmakers a chance to prepare for the upcoming legislative session. By conducting summer study committee hearings, members of the General Assembly are able to examine and review some of the most pressing issues facing Indiana. The Legislative Council, which is made up of 16 Indiana House and Senate members, recently assigned topics to be explored in-depth by these committees. As we move forward on key issues, committee members will work to recommend legislation to be considered for new laws next session.

I will be serving as chair of the Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services. As chair, I will lead fellow members in discussions on how to curb heroin use and get more Hoosiers into recovery. During the last session, we successfully passed legislation to help reduce fatal drug overdoses by permitting pharmacies to sell overdose intervention drugs, like Narcan, over-the-counter without a prescription. Another piece of legislation requires Medicaid coverage for inpatient detoxification for the treatment of opioid or alcohol dependence is also now in effect.

By building on what we accomplished during session, I will continue to make progress toward overcoming our state’s devastating drug problem. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle in order to come up with long-term solutions.

Interim study committee hearings, which typically occur at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, can be viewed live online at iga.in.gov. This site also provides committee calendars and meeting agendas. Members of the public are also welcomed to attend. If you have any input on the topics, please join us for these meetings.

As we continue to lead Indiana forward, please contact me with questions or input at 317-232-9793 or by email at h89@iga.in.gov. You can also learn more about the work being done on your behalf by signing up to receive my email updates at www.in.gov/h89.

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Rep. Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) represents House District 89,

which includes portions of Marion County.

 

A high-resolution photo of Kirchhofer can be downloaded by clicking here.