IHIF Announces Senator Ed Charbonneau as 2023 Legislator of the Year

December 7, 2023 - INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- The Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF) is pleased to announce that Senator Ed Charbonneau has been selected as the organization’s 2023 Legislator of the Year. As Chair of the Senate Health and Provider Services Committee, Senator Charbonneau’s leadership was instrumental in the passage of the, “Share the Savings” bill during the state’s 2023 legislative session. He has been an advocate for patients and medical innovation throughout his career.

Senator Charbonneau has served in the Indiana Senate since 2007 where he represents Pulaski and White counties and portions of Jasper and Porter counties. Prior to being elected, Charbonneau served as president and CEO of The Methodist Hospitals, Inc., a role that provided unique insight to the challenges of healthcare delivery. 

Signed by Governor Holcomb in May 2023, the, “Share the Savings” law requires pharmacy benefit managers, who serve as the middlemen between pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies, and health insurance companies, to pass on the discounts they receive from drug makers to patients, at the point of sale, thereby greatly reducing patient out of pocket costs at the pharmacy counter.   

"Health care affordability is an issue that affects too many Hoosiers and the Indiana Health Industry Forum has been a leader in addressing health care advances through innovation," Charbonneau said. "Thanks to IHIF's work, health care standards in Indiana are rapidly evolving and have significantly improved. I appreciate the recognition and will continue to partner with them to craft legislation that improves health care options for all communities in Indiana." 

“We are pleased to be able to recognize the tremendous contribution Senator Charbonneau has made to Indiana’s healthcare landscape over his legislative career”, said Kristin Jones, President and CEO of the Indiana Health Industry Forum. “In particular, his leadership on Senate Bill 8 in this past legislative session, makes a direct impact on the cost of medications for Hoosier patients. We are appreciative of his longstanding commitment to good public policy that helps our most vulnerable citizens”.

Each year, IHIF recognizes a state or federal elected official as our, “Legislator of the Year”. The award is given in recognition of a legislator’s commitment to excellence in public health policy and service to Indiana’s life science business community.

For a list of past recipients, please visit our website.

About IHIF

Established in 1994, the Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF) is a statewide trade association representing Indiana’s life sciences business community – manufacturers and service providers to the bio/pharma, medical device, and health IT sectors. It is our mission to secure Indiana’s position as a global leader in life sciences by advocating, connecting, promoting, and delivering tangible benefits on behalf of our diverse corporate members. For more information please visit us at www.ihif.org.