INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) released the following statement Tuesday concerning the state’s health indicators and legislative efforts to improve health outcomes.

“Glad to see Congressman Bucshon and Representative Brown taking the initiative but they don’t need a listening tour to know what health issues Hoosiers face.

“There are areas of the state where more than 20 percent of Hoosiers are uninsured, you can expect to live longer in 38 other states and Indiana had the 7th most bankruptcy filings per capita last year. When Cuba and Estonia have lower infant mortality rates, there is clearly a problem.

“Drs. Bucshon and Brown are right, the conversation about health care is as much about cost as it is coverage.

“Republican inaction on expanding health care coverage is costing the state 30,000 good-paying jobs and coverage for as many as 400,000 working Hoosiers.

“There’s no debating the merit of 30,000 jobs and billions in new economic activity. Let’s quit playing politics with the issue of Hoosiers’ health and get to work on creating a framework to expand coverage today.”

Sen. Lanane represents Indiana Senate District 25 includes the portions of Madison and Delaware counties, including the City of Muncie and the southeastern portion of the City of Anderson. For more information on Sen. Lanane, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit .