Government Health Care

WellPoint seeks more Obamacare biz by extending deadline

January 8, 2014
Bloomberg News
Two of the largest U.S. health insurers are giving Obamacare customers more time to pay their initial premiums as the industry tries to coax millions of people to take the final step in cementing coverage for 2014.
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Health overhaul benefits take effect with new year

January 2, 2014
Associated Press
After a troubled rollout, President Barack Obama's health care overhaul now faces its most personal test: How will it work as people seek care under its new mandates?
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Marketing efforts to uninsured youth ramp up

January 2, 2014
Associated Press
The so-called "young invincibles" are so important to the success of the Affordable Care Act that supporters and detractors are spending millions to reach them.
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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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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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Employers prep for Obamacare

December 28, 2013
J.K. Wall
The pace of rule-making and decision-making was feverish in the year leading up to the Jan. 1, 2014, implementation of Obamacare.
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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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Analyst: WellPoint will lose money on Obamacare in 2014

December 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
Small business dumping, the uncertainty of Obamacare's exchanges, and the certainty of Obamacare's taxes will take a bite out of WellPoint's earnings next year. But company executives remain bullish on Obamacare's long-term impact.
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Insurers give Obamacare enrollees more time for payments

December 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
Consumers who enroll in health plans through the new U.S. exchanges will get 10 extra days to pay their first premiums and still gain coverage effective Jan. 1, an insurance company trade group said Wednesday.
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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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Obamacare exchange enrollment reaches 3,500 in Indiana

December 11, 2013
J.K. Wall
Enrollment in November was about four times faster than in October, but it will need to be about 12 times faster through the end of March to meet federal projections.
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Indiana extends Healthy Indiana Plan through April

December 10, 2013
Associated Press
The Family and Social Services Administration announced Tuesday it is extending its Healthy Indiana Plan to participants who earn between 100 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
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Anthem, insurance trust create Obamacare alternative

December 2, 2013
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has teamed up with the Indiana Manufacturers Association to give small manufacturers an option to side-step one of Obamacare’s new community rating restrictions.
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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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Survey: One-third of Hoosier workers in high-deductible plans

November 25, 2013
J.K. Wall
An annual survey by the benefits consulting firm Mercer found that, among 75 Hoosier employers, 34 percent of workers are already enrolled in consumer-directed health plans. And that number is only going to go up due to new Obamacare rules.
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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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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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New $754M Indy hospital offers sun-filled design

November 17, 2013
Associated Press
From the spiraling wooden sculpture suspended from the ceiling in the main concourse to the vegetable garden on the roof, the brand-new Eskenazi Hospital keeps you wondering what you will see around the next corner.
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House GOP gets its say on insurance cancellations

November 15, 2013
Associated Press
Republicans renewed an assault on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and his credibility on Friday as they pushed toward House passage of a measure to let insurers keep selling health coverage that falls short of the law's strict standards.
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Obamacare has many health care insurers worried

November 14, 2013
Bloomberg News
The messy rollout of the insurance exchanges has made it hard for carriers to figure out what business will be like in 2014.
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Obama allows customers to keep canceled policies

November 14, 2013
Associated Press
Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health care law to give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled.
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701 Hoosiers choose Obamacare plans at rollout

November 13, 2013
Associated Press
The administration says fewer than 27,000 people managed to enroll for health insurance last month in the 36 states relying on the problem-filled federal website for President Barack Obama's overhaul.
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State extends high-risk pool because of Obamacare woes

October 31, 2013
 The Statehouse File
State officials announced Thursday that they will extend Indiana’s high-risk insurance pool through the end of January to accommodate Hoosiers who have been unable to enroll in coverage through the federal marketplace.
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Insurers brainstorm with Obama staff on health exchange fix

October 23, 2013
Bloomberg News
The heads of WellPoint Inc., Aetna Inc. and at least 10 other insurers met with the Obama administration Wednesday to discuss correcting flaws in how data from the U.S. health-care marketplaces is transferred to the companies.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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