Health Care & Life Sciences

High court: Public union can't make nonmembers pay fees

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
The ruling is a setback for labor unions that have bolstered their ranks — and bank accounts — in Illinois and other states by signing up hundreds of thousands of in-home care workers.
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Justices: Some employers don't have to cover birth control

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.
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Lilly wins EU backing for version of insulin drug

June 27, 2014
Bloomberg News
Lantus, which garnered $7.8 billion in sales for Paris-based Sanofi in 2013, loses patent protection in Europe in May next year.
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Indiana settles dispute with tobacco companies

June 26, 2014
Emily Metheny, The Statehouse File
Under the agreement signed Thursday, Indiana will receive about $217 million during the next two years, enough to pay for programs that use the dedicated tobacco money.
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Pence names social services chief after sudden exit

June 25, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence picked a new secretary Wednesday to run the Family and Social Services Administration and created a position overseeing his proposed alternative to traditional Medicaid.
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Ex-Colt testifies to Senate panel about brain damage

June 25, 2014
Associated Press
Former NFL tight end Ben Utecht told a Senate hearing Wednesday that he fears where his history of brain injuries will leave him in the future.
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OneAmerica acquires California retirement business

June 25, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
OneAmerica Financial Partners Inc. announced Wednesday that it will acquire a San Diego-based retirement business, gaining access to another large market.
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Former allies turn on Pence's Healthy Indiana Plan

June 23, 2014
J.K. Wall
The National Center for Policy Analysis, an ardent supporter of "consumer-driven" health care, issued a blistering analysis of the Healthy Indiana Plan and Gov. Mike Pence’s proposal to expand it using Obamacare funds.
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VA: 65 percent of senior executives got bonuses

June 22, 2014
Associated Press
About 65 percent of senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department got performance bonuses last year despite widespread treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals and clinics, the agency said.
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INDIANA 100: Mainstreet tops fastest-growing companies list

June 21, 2014
Nursing home developer Mainstreet is the fastest-growing private company in the Indianapolis area.
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IU Health to merge 2 downtown hospitals

June 20, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health wants to merge two of its big downtown hospitals—University and Methodist—into one location, meaning either one or both would close or be converted to another use.
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Budget leaders examine Healthy Indiana financing

June 20, 2014
Associated Press
Members of the State Budget Committee took a detailed look Friday at how Gov. Mike Pence would pay for "Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0," his proposal to expand insurance coverage using a state-run plan instead of traditional Medicaid.
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Poll: Many struggle to pay health premiums under Obamacare

June 19, 2014
Associated Press
Most people who signed up under President Barack Obama's health care law rate their new insurance highly, but a substantial number are struggling with the cost, according to a poll released Thursday.
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Merck's exit pushes Endocyte shares lower

June 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Shares of Endocyte Inc. skidded 15 percent Wednesday after industry giant Merck & Co. Inc. decided it would give up on developing Endocyte cancer drug vintafolide.
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FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt

June 17, 2014
Associated Press
Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty for health reasons.
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Lilly, IU expect $25M plan to create new model for drug R&D

June 16, 2014
J.K. Wall
A new research consortium spearheaded by the Indiana University School of Medicine and Eli Lilly and Co. could bring in $25 million to $50 million over five years to create a new approach for developing drugs that provide more precise treatment for small groups of patients.
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Remodelings might await boomers wanting to stay in their homes

June 14, 2014
Norm Heikens
Many homes will be difficult for aging boomers to navigate without changing doors, bathrooms, hallways and kitchens.
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Sale ends 83-year run for Indy’s Harlan Laboratories

June 14, 2014
Greg Andrews
Whether the merger of the former rivals is good for Indianapolis will play out in the coming months. Huntingdon has 1,200 employees, most of them in the United Kingdom and Princeton, N.J. Harlan has about 2,300 employees worldwide, including 300 locally.
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Insurance changes put state's autism industry on edge

June 14, 2014
J.K. Wall
Indiana's autism therapists say their prospects are cloudy after the state’s largest health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, cut payments 40 percent and took a harder line on paying for therapy for school-age children.
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Legal snags kill Community-Eskenazi hospital merger

June 12, 2014
J.K. Wall
Community Health Network and Eskenazi Health quietly called off their engagement months ago, when they found out federal laws effectively prohibited their marriage. Now they’re trying to figure out how to just be friends.
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Former Riley Hospital CEO Pescovitz to join Eli Lilly

June 11, 2014
J.K. Wall
Dr. Ora Pescovitz is returning to Indianapolis after spending the past five years as CEO of the University of Michigan Health System.
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Audit: Nearly 275 in Indiana await first VA visit

June 9, 2014
Associated Press
Auditors found that the agency's complicated appointment process created confusion among schedulers and supervisors, and that a 14-day goal for seeing first-time patients was unattainable.
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Wellfount takes $16M and runs with it

June 9, 2014
J.K. Wall
The long-term-care pharmacy company, which puts Redbox-style vending machines in nursing homes, thinks a fresh infusion of cash will allow it to double revenue this year and become self-sustaining.
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Lab software firm raises $8.5M, names new CEO

June 9, 2014
Dan Human
A San Diego venture capital firm has made a big bet on Indigo BioSystems Inc., which just installed its founder as the new chief executive.
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Doctors want to improve state drug-tracking system

June 9, 2014
Associated Press
A study has found that most doctors in Indiana aren't frequently using an electronic system designed to detect prescription drug abuse.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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