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The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration will hold two public hearings this week on using the Healthy Indiana Plan to expand Medicaid coverage in Indiana. The hearings must be held before the federal government will consider Indiana’s special request to use the Healthy Indiana Plan as opposed to expanding its traditional Medicaid program. "After completing a preliminary review of your extension request, we have determined that the state's extension request has not met the requirements for a complete extension request," wrote Diane Gerrits, director of the CMS' division of state demonstrations and waivers, in a Feb. 25 letter to Gov. Mike Pence. That response sparked criticism of Pence from Democratic lawmakers, who said Pence’s strategy makes it unlikely the state Legislature will have a decision from the feds before they have to adopt a two-year budget at the end of April. “We have considerable concerns as to whether this will hamper the state’s ability to inject billions of dollars of federal funds into Indiana’s economy, create tens of thousands of jobs and give hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers a plan to receive affordable health care services,” wrote House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, and Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, in a letter to Pence. They even asked if Pence would call a special session of the Legislature to deal with the Medicaid expansion. Pence spokeswoman Christy Denault said the administration always knew they had to hold public hearings but was trying to get an approval as soon as possible because of a June deadline.

Bloomington-based Cook Medical Inc. launched a new set of minimally invasive products to treat obstructive salivary gland disease and, it's hoped, stave off the need for open surgeries. The most prevalent obstructive salivary gland disease is obstruction by salivary duct stones. It’s a disease that affects twice as many men as women. Cook, which launched the products as part of its newly formed division for otolaryngology and head and neck surgery, said physicians can use its products to perform outpatient surgeries to remove salivary stones.

Fishers-based Nexxt Spine LLC, a designer and manufacturer of spinal implants, is consolidating operations and moving its headquarters and manufacturing facility to Noblesville. The city of Noblesville announced Monday that its Common Council approved a three-year tax abatement for Nexxt Spine, which is expected to add 44 jobs by 2018. The company currently has 11 employees split between its headquarters in Fishers and a manufacturing facility in Indianapolis.  Nexxt Spine was founded in 2009 by Andrew Elsbury, who previously had served as a contract manufacturer for several large medical-device companies.

St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital recently earned verification as a trauma center by the American College of Surgeons. It is now the fourth trauma center in Indianapolis designated by the American College of Surgeons and the ninth in Indiana. To prepare for the verification, St. Vincent renovated space for trauma, surgical and neuroscience intensive care units and added CT scan imaging equipment. The hospital also dedicated one of its operating rooms for trauma and added in-house physician coverage for trauma surgery, anesthesia, critical care and radiology. To ensure air transportation was readily available, St. Vincent Health arranged an affiliation agreement with PHI Air Medical called St. Vincent StatFlight. The service has five medical helicopters in Anderson, Danville, North Vernon, Rushville and West Lafayette.

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  1. If what you stated is true, then this article is entirely inaccurate. "State sells bonds" is same as "State borrows money". Supposedly the company will "pay for them". But since we are paying the company, we are still paying for this road with borrowed money, even though the state has $2 billion in the bank.

  2. Andrew hit the nail on the head. AMTRAK provides terrible service and that is why the state has found a contractor to improve the service. More trips, on-time performance, better times, cleanliness and adequate or better restrooms. WI-FI and food service will also be provided. Transit from outlying areas will also be provided. I wouldn't take it the way it is but with the above services and marketing of the service,ridership will improve and more folks will explore Indy and may even want to move here.

  3. They could take the property using eminent domain and save money by not paying the church or building a soccer field and a new driveway. Ctrwd has monthly meetings open to all customers of the district. The meetings are listed and if the customers really cared that much they would show. Ctrwd works hard in every way they can to make sure the customer is put first. Overflows damage the surrounding environment and cost a lot of money every year. There have been many upgrades done through the years to help not send flow to Carmel. Even with the upgrades ctrwd cannot always keep up. I understand how a storage tank could be an eye sore, but has anyone thought to look at other lift stations or storage tanks. Most lift stations are right in the middle of neighborhoods. Some close to schools and soccer fields, and some right in back yards, or at least next to a back yard. We all have to work together to come up with a proper solution. The proposed solution by ctrwd is the best one offered so far.

  4. Fox has comments from several people that seem to have some inside information. I would refer to their website. Changed my whole opionion of this story.

  5. This place is great! I'm piggy backing and saying the Cobb salad is great. But the ribs are awesome. $6.49 for ribs and 2 sides?! They're delicious. If you work downtown, head over there.

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