- Infant and Maternal Mortality
Our state’s performance on healthcare has become a crisis which we can longer ignore. The facts are shocking:
Indiana ranks 43rd of the 50 states in infant mortality. Our infant mortality rate is 25% higher than the national average. It is actually getting worse. In 2010 the rate was 7.0 deaths per 1000 babies born. In 2019, that rate is now 7.4 deaths per 1000 babies born.
Of the 47 states that publish data, Indiana ranks 3rd worse in Maternal Mortality. Indiana has a maternal mortality rate 11 times that of California.
- Investing in our CHOICE program
By 2030 this population in Indiana will increase by 33%
By 2050 this population in Indian will increase by 166%
The best policy of spending is to provide a "balance" of support. Provide
Home Based and Community Based Services(H.C.B.S) as well as adequate
funding in Institutional Services. Allowing Seniors to stay in their
own homes, is not only the best for their quality of life, but it is
much more financially prudent for our taxpayers. Examples of HCBS
include: nutritional services, help with activities of daily living such
as bathing, dressing, eating, transferring, and toileting, and support
services for those with dementia.
AARP ranks Indiana #50 in providing that balance. Only 32% of our LTSS spending goes towards HCBS.
This is why I will support increasing our commitment to the CHOICE program that allows Seniors to stay at home with dignity and grace.