Federal Government

Lawmakers confused by cut in state’s tobacco funds

January 8, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
A hearing about tobacco funding Wednesday in the House Public Health Committee left many legislators still searching for answers.
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FEMA rejects Indiana's appeal of tornado aid request

January 8, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana may seek low-interest federal loans for six counties hit by tornadoes and other severe November weather now that federal officials have rejected the state's disaster aid request.
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Showdown set on unemployment bill in U.S. Senate

January 7, 2014
Associated Press
The new year looks a lot like the old one in the Senate, with Democrats scratching for votes to pass an agenda they share with President Barack Obama, and Republicans decidedly unenthusiastic about supporting more spending.
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Justice delays health law's birth control mandate

January 1, 2014
Associated Press
The Supreme Court has thrown a hitch into President Barack Obama's new health care law by blocking a requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.
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Indiana population growth continues to lag behind U.S.

December 31, 2013
Associated Press
Census Bureau estimates released Monday show Indiana's population grew by about 33,000 people from 2012 to 2013, topping out at about 6.57 million residents.
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FAA rejects Indiana's bid for drone test site

December 30, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana had teamed with Ohio to secure one of the highly coveted test sites for unmanned aircraft.
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With website on mend, Obamacare enrolls 2 million so far

December 30, 2013
Associated Press
The windfall comes at a critical moment for health care reform, which becomes "real" for many Americans on Jan. 1 as coverage through the insurance exchanges and key patient protections kick in.
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Pence, other guvs urge progress on trade agreements

December 24, 2013
Associated Press
Pence says international trade is vital to Indiana's economic growth and fiscal prosperity. In 2012, Indiana exported $34.4 billion to countries around the world.
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Feds extend Obamacare deadline as customers rush site

December 23, 2013
Bloomberg News
The deadline to enroll in plans that begin Jan. 1 now is midnight Tuesday for most of the U.S. On Monday, healthcare.gov fielded nearly 50,000 simultaneous visitors, triggering a queuing system.
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Obama names IU law prof to environmental panel

December 23, 2013
Associated Press
Eric Dannenmaier of the Indiana University Robert McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis will join a federal committee that promotes enforcement of evironmental laws.
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Bipartisan budget agreement clears Congress

December 18, 2013
Associated Press
Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Wednesday scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system.
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Bipartisan budget agreement nears final passage

December 18, 2013
Associated Press
Year-end legislation to ease Congress' chronic budget brinkmanship and soften across-the-board spending cuts moved to the cusp of final passage Tuesday, a rare display of Senate bipartisanship.
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Federal workers' pensions targeted in budget deal

December 16, 2013
Associated Press
Their retirement programs are notably generous compared to the norm in private industry. But for federal workers hired after 2012, the pension program is turning less generous.
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Farm Bureau: Ethanol proposal should be scrapped

December 16, 2013
Associated Press
The organization says corn prices have dropped more than 5 percent since word of the proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule was leaked in October.
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Pence, Sebelius to meet on health care expansion proposals

December 11, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is scheduling a meeting with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the state’s request to use its own health care plan in place of a traditional Medicaid expansion.
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FEMA rejects major disaster declaration for Indiana

December 11, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence says the federal government has rejected Indiana's request that Howard County be declared a major disaster area because of damage from last month's tornadoes and severe storms.
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Bipartisan negotiators reach modest budget pact

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
Shedding gridlock, key members of Congress reached a budget agreement Tuesday to restore about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon and eliminate the threat of another partial government shutdown early next year.
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Government sells remaining stake in General Motors

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. government ended up losing $10.5 billion on the General Motors bailout, but it says the alternative would have been far worse.
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IU assembling plan to 'disaster proof' its campuses

December 1, 2013
Associated Press
The university is interested in receiving funding to move utilities out of bottom floors to mitigate water issues during a flood. Other options would be to retrofit buildings and create better refuge from disasters.
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Health law small-business insurance site delayed 1 year

November 27, 2013
Associated Press
The Obama administration is delaying yet another aspect of the health care law, putting off until next November the launch of an online portal to the health insurance marketplace for small businesses.
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Suburban Indy hospitals see health care reform as ally

November 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
For years, the county-owned hospitals ringing Indianapolis have watched warily as the city’s four major hospital systems used their superior size and resources to push ever outward into the suburbs.
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FELDMAN: Affordable Care Act stirs paradoxes for employers

November 23, 2013
Judd Feldman / Special to IBJ
In addition to managing the complexity and challenges of the Affordable Care Act, employers are assessing the law’s impact on their Worker’s Compensation program. The debate ranges from minimal influence to significant, with many experts hedging their bets with a wait-and-see approach.
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TABLER: Market is driving trend toward 'public health'

November 23, 2013
Norman Tabler / Special to IBJ
The movement toward a “public health” model may be the most important current trend in American health care. Because the trend is more a result of market forces than of the Affordable Care Act, repealing Obamacare won’t stop it.
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Experts: Fix for $600M health care site needs more time, money

November 22, 2013
Associated Press
Technology experts say healing what ails the Healthcare.gov website will be a tougher task than the Obama administration acknowledges.
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Pence asks to meet with Sebelius over HIP expansion

November 19, 2013
J.K. Wall
Pence wants to expand Medicaid coverage using some form of the Healthy Indiana Plan, which currently provides insurance to about 40,000 Hoosiers who agree to make monthly contributions to health savings accounts. The Obama administration has questioned that feature of the program.
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