State Health Commissioner Advises Hoosiers on Health

Unemployment is causing many Hoosiers to lose their health insurance. State Health Commissioner advises Hoosiers on how to stay healthy in a tough economy.

The economic downturn and increased unemployment rate are causing many Hoosiers to lose their health insurance.  The general assembly recently passed a two year budget for 2010 and 2011. State Health Commissioner, Dr. Judy Monroe, says this new budget affects public health.

“We did reasonable in the public health arena. I think this is an era that’s not so much looking for more funding for certain areas, but hoping that you didn’t get cut too badly,” says Monroe.

Although the struggling economy and high unemployment rates have caused many Hoosiers to lose their health care benefits, community centers and health programs can help maintain good health with preventive care at less cost. Dr. Monroe feels coverage is critical, but urges people to continue their normal health routines and most importantly—not neglect their health.

“The safety nets in the United States are the community health centers, especially in Indiana,” says Monroe. “I do advise anybody that’s losing coverage or concerned, they still need to stay connected, and not neglect their health, whether its pap smears, mammograms, for men prostate exams, or blood pressure.  Do not neglect getting those tests done, we cannot neglect our health.”

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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