Government Health Care

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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Shutdown orders issued as Congress misses deadline

October 1, 2013
Associated Press
For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans demanded changes in the nation's health care law and President Barack Obama and Democrats refused.
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Pence pleads for end to medical device tax

October 1, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Republican Gov. Mike Pence wrote a letter Monday urging members of the U.S. Senate to vote to repeal the medical device tax that is helping to finance Obamacare. But the Senate on Monday night voted not to repeal the tax, with all 54 Democrats voting to keep it.
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Anthem prez: Expect 'crickets chirping' on Oct. 1

September 30, 2013
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield President Rob Hillman expects a slow start to the Obamacare exchanges, with fewer than one-third of uninsured people buying coverage there.
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Government edges closer to shutdown over Obamacare

September 30, 2013
Associated Press
About 800,000 federal workers could be forced off the job after midnight if Congress can't cut an eleventh hour deal on the budget, complicated by the GOP's attempt to delay Obamacare.
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Indiana prepares to roll out online health exchange

September 29, 2013
Associated Press
More than 500,000 Indiana residents without health insurance will be able to start buying it Tuesday under the Affordable Care Act.
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Insurance rates set for Indiana, other states under exchanges

September 25, 2013
Associated Press
With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums for 36 states, including Indiana, where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents.
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State officials explain extension for Healthy Indiana Plan

September 16, 2013
Associated Press
Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Debra Minott took questions on the Healthy Indiana Plan two weeks after the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services signed off on a one-year extension and some sizable changes to the program, including a new limit on earnings.
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Analyst foresees managed care growth in 2014

September 16, 2013
Associated Press
Major health insurers like WellPoint Inc. are in line for another year of growth, as the health care overhaul implements key elements in its push to cover millions of uninsured people.
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Anthem to omit some big hospitals from exchange networkRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
J.K. Wall
Most of Indianapolis’ major hospitals and physician practices will not be available through Anthem’s exchange plan, but instead will be working with a health plan run by Indianapolis-based MDwise Inc.
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Indiana University shifting 50 jobs to temp agency

September 10, 2013
Associated Press
The move is partly being made to avoid having to add those workers to the IU health insurance plan as required by the federal health care overhaul.
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Analysis: Obamacare exchanges will push Anthem's premiums lower

September 9, 2013
J.K. Wall
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana expects the average premiums it charges on the health insurance exchanges being created by Obamacare to be about $60 per year less for each of its health plan members than they would have been without the law.
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Healthy Indiana Plan extends trial run a year

September 3, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana is being granted a limited extension of its Healthy Indiana Plan while state and federal health care leaders continue negotiating a possible Medicaid expansion.
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Board suggested busy Evans let go of AIT

August 5, 2013
J.K. Wall
Michael Evans was juggling two companies and two newborn twins when his board of directors suggested it was time for a new CEO of AIT Laboratories. He was replaced by venture capitalist Matt Neff on Monday.
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Roche to cut local jobs after diabetes-care sales plunge

August 5, 2013
J.K. Wall
Roche's diabetes care unit, which employs more than 900 in Indianapolis, suffered a 14-percent decline in revenue during the first half of 2013. Roche has reportedly put the unit up for sale.
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Franciscan doubles down on accountable care

July 22, 2013
J.K. Wall
Franciscan St. Francis Health earned a $6.6 million bonus from the Medicare program for its success at keeping central Indiana patients out of the hospital and the emergency room. So the hospital system will expand its participation in so-called accountable care programs to all its Indiana territories.
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House GOP seeks delay in health care provisions

July 17, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. House Republicans pressed ahead Wednesday on delaying key components of President Obama's signature health care law, emboldened by the administration's concession that requiring companies to provide coverage for their workers next year may be too complicated.
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Lilly drug for Alzheimer's gets limited Medicare coverage

July 8, 2013
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
Lilly officials said they will push ahead with the first-of-a-kind imaging chemical, despite the mostly negative ruling by Medicare officials.
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Obama administration delays health law business mandate

July 2, 2013
Associated Press
In a major concession to business groups, the Obama administration Tuesday unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until after the 2014 elections, in a central requirement of the new health care law.
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Feds mull covering Alzheimer's test that uses Lilly's Amyvid

July 1, 2013
Bloomberg News
The $3,000 test for the first time accurately identifies the signature brain plaques of the debilitating disease.
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Answer on Indiana Medicaid plan could take some time

June 25, 2013
Associated Press
The head of the state Family and Social Services Administration said Tuesday that the federal government is expected to approve an extension of the Healthy Indiana Plan, but a request to use the plan for an Indiana Medicaid expansion could take much longer.
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Obamacare rebates total $22.6M in Indiana

June 24, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indiana consumers are set to receive rebates that are 59 percent larger this year as Obamacare continues to force health insurers to refund premiums that exceed actual medical claims by more than 20 percent.
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Indiana tangles with shortage of rural doctors

June 22, 2013
Associated Press
The federal health care overhaul is expected to exacerbate problems regarding access to care in rural Indiana communities where is there is already a shortage of doctors and other health care providers.
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Lilly’s Zyprexa injection probed by FDA after deaths

June 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co.’s injectable form of the antipsychotic Zyprexa is being investigated by U.S. regulators after two patients died three to four days after receiving the drug.
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Forecast: Cash to reign in health care

May 20, 2013
J.K. Wall
With premiums for health insurance likely to head north next year as President Obama’s health care reform law fully takes effect, both individuals and employers will pay for more health care out of their own funds and buy less insurance.
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