Government Health Care

Lawmakers getting closer on nursing home moratorium

March 11, 2014
Associated Press
House Public Health Chairman Ed Clere said Tuesday that negotiators had found a compromise that would ban new construction for two years except in counties whose nursing homes are at 90-percent capacity or higher.
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Federal insurance enrollment up 36 percent in Indiana

March 11, 2014
Associated Press
Nearly 65,000 Indiana residents have signed up for private insurance under the federal health care law, but the number is still far short of initial projections as the open enrollment deadline nears.
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Two-year extension offered for canceled health plans

March 5, 2014
Associated Press
The extension was part of a major package of regulations that sets ground rules for 2015, the second year of government-subsidized health insurance markets under Obama's law — and the first year that larger employers will face a requirement to provide coverage.
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Insurers’ Obamacare losses may reach $5.5 billion, U.S. says

March 5, 2014
Bloomberg News
Health insurers such as Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. and Louisville-based Humana Inc. stand to receive $5.5 billion next year to cover losses from Obamacare in a program the law’s opponents label a bailout.
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Kentucky's largest health system makes major jobs cut

March 1, 2014
Associated Press
Hospital company KentuckyOne Health, which employs more than 14,000 people in Kentucky and southern Indiana, says it has laid off about 500 people.
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Indiana’s hospitals face Obamacare timing problem

February 24, 2014
J.K. Wall
The Obama administration's delays of Obamacare's employer mandate penalties mean it will be another year or two before hospitals see the additional revenue the law was supposed to bring them.
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Consumers shun cheapest Obamacare exchange plans

February 20, 2014
Bloomberg News
Most Americans are avoiding the lowest-priced health plans on the Obamacare insurance exchanges, taking advantage of government subsidies to seek more protection against high treatment costs.
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Finding uninsured means targeting key locations

February 5, 2014
Associated Press
The uninsured aren't scattered evenly across the country: half of them live in just 116 of the nation's 3,143 counties. Federal officials are focusing on 25 key metro areas, including Indianapolis.
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Analysts say health care law means fewer on job

February 4, 2014
Associated Press
Several million American workers will cut back their hours on the job or leave the nation's workforce entirely because of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, congressional analysts said Tuesday.
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Indianapolis businessman indicted for health care fraud

January 29, 2014
J.K. Wall
Ronald Reed, the owner of Benchmark Mobility Corp., allegedly billed the Medicaid and Medicare programs for used wheelchairs, scooters and lift chairs as if they were brand new, obtaining nearly $443,000 in fraudulent sales.
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View of health rollout improves, but only slightly

January 27, 2014
Associated Press
Negative perceptions of the health care rollout have eased, a new poll finds. But overall, two-thirds of Americans say things still aren't going well.
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Indiana among WellPoint’s weakest exchange states

January 20, 2014
J.K. Wall
Interest in the Obamacare exchanges varies widely across the 14 states in which WellPoint Inc. is selling insurance plans. Indiana is near the bottom of the pile.
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Obamacare small-biz plan lags as employers stand pat

January 17, 2014
Bloomberg News
Greeted by higher premiums, less generous coverage and more paperwork, small businesses are choosing to renew existing health plans rather than buy them through President Barack Obama’s program.
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Older Hoosiers dominate health care sign-ups

January 13, 2014
Associated Press
The ranks of Indiana and U.S. residents who have selected health insurance plans through a federally run online exchange are dominated by the oldest, and costliest, age groups.
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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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