Health Care Reform

WellPoint CEO blames health costs for hikes

February 24, 2010
Associated Press
Amid attacks from Democrats over high executive salaries, Angela Braly testified in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday that big insurance-premium increases are the result of growing price tags for hospital care and pharmaceuticals.
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WellPoint testimony drops green flag on health reform restart

February 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
CEO Angela Braly is defending individual premium hikes one day before Obama's summit to debate his new reform proposal with Republicans.
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Obama health reform plan slaps drugmakers

February 24, 2010
J.K. Wall
Drugmakers, such as Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., would shoulder $3.3 billion in fees, face ban on pay-for-delay deals with generic competitor.
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Obama endorses new taxes, more drugmaker fees

February 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Obama, seeking to break an impasse over health-care legislation, proposes a plan that includes the first Medicare tax on unearned income such as capital gains and higher fees on drugmakers.
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Insurers warn of problems with federal regulator

February 22, 2010
Associated Press
President Obama's latest push for a health care overhaul could drive health plans around the country into insolvency, according to an insurance trade group.
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WellPoint's health insurance rate hike spurs legislative inquiryRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
The furor over WellPoint Inc.’s premium hikes have migrated from California to Indiana, where state lawmakers held a high-profile hearing.
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White House plans new rules for health insurers

February 19, 2010
Bloomberg News
President Obama will release a proposal to restart the health-care debate before a bipartisan White House meeting on Feb. 25, one day after WellPoint officials testify before Congress about steep rate increases.
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Indiana part of national medical school surge

February 17, 2010
J.K. Wall
Marian University's planned medical school is one of two dozen nationally, but budget cuts are forcing Indiana University to retreat on enrollment expansion.
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Purdue to get $12M to help small health providers

February 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Stimulus funds will help university's technical assistance service show doctors and nurses in small groups and in medically under-served areas how to adopt medical-records technologies.
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Could WellPoint woes breathe life into health reform?

February 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
The firestorm created this week by Indianapolis-based health insurer WellPoint's spike in premiums could resurrect some parts of the languishing health reform bills.
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Health care venture capital swoons in Indy, holds steady statewide

February 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The uncertainty of health care reform and a bad economy curtailed venture capital flow in 2009.
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Health care reform will go on regardless of federal government

January 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Massachusetts’ election of a Republican senator has put health reform legislation on life support. But for the health care industry, reform is a reality that isn’t going to die.
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Health care reform dead; long live reform

January 27, 2010
J.K. Wall
Massachusetts’ election of a Republican senator has put health reform legislation on life support. But for the health care industry, reform is a reality that isn’t going to die.
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MARCUS: Is health care reform socialism?

January 23, 2010
Morton Marcus
The time is coming when everyone will recognize that, as every structure in a city is entitled fire department services, so, too, each individual should receive appropriate health care, whether or not he or she can pay for it.
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Indiana GOP wants to block federal health reform mandates

January 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Republicans in the Legislature have joined their counterparts in 25 other states in trying to prevent key aspects of reform from taking effect in Indiana.
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State Republicans try to block health reform mandates

January 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Joint resolutions in the state Legislature seek to amend the state constitution to block enforcement of provisions in the federal bills that would require individuals to buy insurance and all but the smallest employers to help pay for it.
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Wall Street likes wobble on health reform

January 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
With the stunning victory of Republican Scott Brown in the Massachusetts election for U.S. Senate, Wall Street analysts expect to see a "run" on health care stocks.
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Health care Q&A: Greg Pemberton

January 20, 2010
J.K. Wall
Greg Pemberton, a health care attorney at Ice Miller LLP, discussed the biggest changes he expects to come out of the federal health reform bills. “It’s not going to be business as usual,” he said.
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Report: Insurers secretly funded ads attacking health reform

January 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. reportedly joined fellow health insurance giants to fund TV ads as insurers tempered their support for reform.
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Health care spending slows in most sectors, but government spending increases

January 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Health spending is growing slower than it has in 48 years, but whether health care reform will continue the trend is the subject of debate here and around the country.
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Grass-roots groups prepare to fill gaps in health care reform

January 2, 2010
J.K. Wall
Legislation set to come out of Washington will not change the most fundamental problems of the health care system, leaving it up to states, cities and companies to figure out what to do about it.
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Corporations bet on insiders to bend reform

December 30, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis health care heavyweights are among those spending $635 million, employing 166 former aides to key congressional leaders and committees in health reform process.
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Health care industry braces for reform

December 26, 2009
J.K. Wall
Congress is on the cusp of transforming health insurance—if it can pass a health reform bill that was losing popularity late in the year.
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Investors cheer Senate bill while WellPoint cries foul

December 23, 2009
J.K. Wall
Exemption for not-for-profit health plans could saddle WellPoint with nearly $2 billion a year in new taxes.
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Hoosier biz groups oppose Senate health bill

December 18, 2009
J.K. Wall
Group presidents tell Indiana senators that the reform bill would expand dysfunctions of current health care systems.
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  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

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