Governor Introduces Plan For Healthier Indiana

Governor Mitch Daniels was in South Bend Tuesday to talk about his plan for a healthier Indiana.

The Governor touted the plan at Memorial Hospital's HealthWorks Kids Museum.

The plan would start an aggressive smoking cessation and reduction campaign plus make sure children are immunized by the age of two.

Most notably, it would establish a program offering health insurance to 100,000 low income Hoosiers.

“This is everybody's issue. We care about the people who are going without. Certainly it's in the pocketbook interests as well of everyone to address this problem and I’m very passionate about it and very excited that we have a workable answer in hand,” explains Daniels.

The plan would be paid for by raising the state's tax on cigarettes.

Governor Daniels has recommended raising that tax by a quarter.

The legislature would have to pass any increase.


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