Government Health Care

State attorney general looks to challenge health care bill

March 22, 2010
Associated Press
Attorneys general in at least 13 states have signaled they intend to challenge the constitutionality of the legislation in court.
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Bill kicks off years of change for local health care players

March 22, 2010
J.K. Wall
Sweeping changes phase in slowly for most, but insurers, hospitals, drug companies, employers, workers, medical device makers and more will eventually feel impact.
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Reform offers risk, opportunities for Lilly, WellPoint

March 22, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Drugmakers and insurers could gain millions of customers under the legislation, but the industry also will pay new fees and face stricter rules that may shrink profit and fuel mergers.
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Congress passes historic health care bill

March 21, 2010
Associated Press
To pay for the changes, the legislation includes more than $400 billion in higher taxes over a decade, roughly half of it from a new Medicare payroll tax on individuals with incomes over $200,000 and couples over $250,000.
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Chances of health reform passage soar

March 10, 2010
J.K. Wall
By pounding health insurers such as WellPoint Inc., President Obama has greatly boosted his chances of success in the eyes of Wall Street. But to make his health reform bill reality, he might need to answer the less-than-reassuring news coming from Massachusetts.
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WellPoint may be anti-competitive, Connecticut AG says

March 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc.'s Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Connecticut may constrain competition through contracts that require that the insurer receives hospital discounts at least as favorable as any provided to a competitor.
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State health commissioner leaving for CDC

March 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Dr. Judy Monroe, after five years as Indiana's public health leader, will spearhead communication between federal and state health agencies.
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WellPoint gets tax delay in Obama health plan

February 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Insurers WellPoint Inc. and others would get a delay in taxes on premiums and high-cost medical benefits, along with additional funding for expanding Medicaid, under a White House proposal
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Obama endorses new taxes, more drugmaker fees

February 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Obama, seeking to break an impasse over health-care legislation, proposes a plan that includes the first Medicare tax on unearned income such as capital gains and higher fees on drugmakers.
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White House plans new rules for health insurers

February 19, 2010
Bloomberg News
President Obama will release a proposal to restart the health-care debate before a bipartisan White House meeting on Feb. 25, one day after WellPoint officials testify before Congress about steep rate increases.
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Purdue to get $12M to help small health providers

February 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Stimulus funds will help university's technical assistance service show doctors and nurses in small groups and in medically under-served areas how to adopt medical-records technologies.
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Indiana GOP wants to block federal health reform mandates

January 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Republicans in the Legislature have joined their counterparts in 25 other states in trying to prevent key aspects of reform from taking effect in Indiana.
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Health care Q&A: Greg Pemberton

January 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Greg Pemberton, a health care attorney at Ice Miller LLP, discussed the biggest changes he expects to come out of the federal health reform bills. “It’s not going to be business as usual,” he said.
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Grass-roots groups prepare to fill gaps in health care reform

January 2, 2010
J.K. Wall
Legislation set to come out of Washington will not change the most fundamental problems of the health care system, leaving it up to states, cities and companies to figure out what to do about it.
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Hoosier biz groups oppose Senate health bill

December 18, 2009
J.K. Wall
Group presidents tell Indiana senators that the reform bill would expand dysfunctions of current health care systems.
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Health care reform would push state to hike Medicaid pay to docs

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
An actuarial report prepared by the local office of Milliman Inc., a Seattle-based consulting firm, projects that the state of Indiana would have to hike its Medicaid payments by one-third in order to entice more doctors into the program.
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Noble of Indiana to provide in-home services to disabled

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The service will launch in February. Its goal is to serve 15 clients by June 30, 2010.
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HealthNet lands $10.5 million in stimulus funds

December 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
HealthNet said it will use the funds to expand and renovate two community health centers that have outgrown their space.
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HICKS: New breast cancer recommendation not supportedRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Mike Hicks
Under the current proposal, the same type of groups that made the CDC's recommendations will outline guidelines about which treatment will be offered under a government program.
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Indiana No. 3 in premium surge

November 18, 2009
J.K. Wall
Health insurance costs have spiked 136 percent in past decade, more than three times more than wage growth.
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Lilly, WellPoint CEOs pin hopes on Senate

November 11, 2009
J.K. Wall
Drugmaker and health insurer bemoan aspects of House health reform bill and hope Senate crafts more industry-friendly bill.
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WellPoint, Obama administration battle over cost of health reform to employers

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
At this point in the health reform debate, you have to take numbers from any side with a grain of salt. That said, Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. has done perhaps the only local analysis of how proposed reforms would affect the cost of health insurance for employers.
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Daniels blasts House health bill

November 5, 2009
J.K. Wall
In letter to Indiana congressmen, the governor says the reform bill would kill jobs with 'enormous' new taxes.
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Doctors balk at Senate attempt to cut waste

October 28, 2009
J.K. Wall
Some Indianapolis-area doctors fear a bill in the U.S. Senate would botch the way costs for tests and procedures are calculated, and ultimately lead to a reimbursement system that works worse than the existing system.
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Cook Group Inc. owner says health reform's tax on medical devices could kill jobs

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Bloomington-based Cook Group Inc. might have to cut as many as 1,000 local jobs if Congress enacts a tax on medical devices to pay for health care reform, company founder Bill Cook said in an interview.
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