Government Health Care

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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Insurer CEOs head to White House to talk Obamacare troubles

October 23, 2013
Bloomberg News
Health insurance execs, including WellPoint Inc. CEO Joseph Swedish, will meet with top White House officials Wednesday as the president seeks to contain political damage from the disastrous rollout of Obamacare.
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State medical institute snares $30M grant from feds

October 23, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A consortium of Indiana University, Purdue University and University of Notre Dame can operate for another five years with the grant funds.
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Builders of Obama's health website saw red flags

October 22, 2013
Associated Press
The government spent at least $394 million in contracts to build the federal health care exchange and data hub. The painfully slow and often unresponsive website has frustrated Americans trying to enroll for insurance plans.
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VC headwinds continue for life sciences firms

October 21, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indiana life sciences companies trying to raise venture capital continue to do so with a national wind in their faces, according to the third-quarter venture capital data.
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Coverage gap in state may leave 182,000 uninsured

October 17, 2013
Associated Press
A new report that 182,000 low-income residents could go without health insurance is refocusing attention on whether Indiana will win an exception to expand Medicaid using the Healthy Indiana Plan.
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Health exchange rollout gets dismal reviews in poll

October 10, 2013
Associated Press
Overall, just 7 percent of Americans say the rollout of the government's new health exchanges has gone well. Far more deem it a flop.
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Lawmaker says state suit could end tax break for 400,000

October 9, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A key House Democrat says a lawsuit filed by the attorney general challenging the Affordable Care Act could lead to 400,000 Hoosiers losing out on tax breaks meant to make the insurance more affordable.
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State, schools sue U.S. government over Obamacare

October 8, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Fifteen Indiana school districts and the state of Indiana have filed a lawsuit challenging the federal health care law and subsidies that are available to Hoosiers under rules set by the IRS.
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HEIGHT: New patients could overload the systemRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Jay Height / Special to IBJ
We all agree that something needs to be done for our challenged health care system. But is the new health care law what we need? Will this help those who are poor receive health care they need?
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Health Care & Benefits Power Breakfast TranscriptRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Read the discussion of experts gathered by Indianapolis Business Journal.
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Pressure mounts to fix health insurance exchanges

October 2, 2013
Associated Press
The pressure is on for the federal government and states running their own health insurance exchanges to get the systems up and running after overloaded websites and jammed phone lines frustrated consumers for a second day.
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Enrollment opens in Indiana on federal health exchange

October 1, 2013
Associated Press
Opening day for the federal exchange was filled with extensive delays and technical problems. Federal officials attributed the slowdown to the surprisingly high volume of interest in the exchange on its first day of operation.
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