(MERRILLVILLE) – Governor Eric J. Holcomb offered the following statement after signing a Next Level Agenda bill that will implement two new initiatives that aim directly at reducing infant mortality: a navigator program to help guide high-risk pregnant women and a program to verbally screen all expecting mothers for substance-use disorder so those who need it will be connected to treatment.
HEA 1007 Perinatal Care
“There are few — if any — things more important than protecting Hoosier babies and improving the lives and health of their mothers. I’ve set the goal of making Indiana the best state in the Midwest for infant mortality by 2024, and today we’re putting new tools in place to make sure more babies reach their first birthdays and more moms get connected to the treatment they need.”
Gov. Holcomb signs HEA 1007, the perinatal care bill, into law. (From left to right Rep. Mike Aylesworth, Rep. Chris Chyung, FSSA Secretary Dr. Jennifer Walthall, Amber Woolsey, State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box, Sen. Ed Charbonneau and Tameka Warren.)
The governor speaks about his goal of making Indiana the best in the Midwest for infant mortality by 2024.
The bill signing took place at the Goodwill Nurse-Family Partnership in Merrillville.
Visit the 2019 Bill Watch webpage to view this and other bills the Governor has signed into law.