Health Care Reform

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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Senate rejects drug-importation proposal

December 16, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The U.S. Senate voted down a plan Tuesday to allow Americans to import prescriptions from abroad, handing drug makers such as Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. a victory.
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Fix what's broken first

December 12, 2009
As a physician, I owe it to my patients to help get health care reform right. From the front line, physicians can offer changes that could result in more cost-effective, efficient and accessible health care. That’s why I joined the Coalition to Protect Patients’ Rights, along with 10,000 other doctors.
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Health care reform would push state to hike Medicaid pay to docs

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
An actuarial report prepared by the local office of Milliman Inc., a Seattle-based consulting firm, projects that the state of Indiana would have to hike its Medicaid payments by one-third in order to entice more doctors into the program.
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Health reform provision called 'death sentence' for doctor-owned hospitals

December 5, 2009
J.K. Wall
House and Senate versions of health care reform could halt the trend toward physician-owned hospitals.
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Health care reform could drive more people to buy their own insurance

December 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
If Congress passes health care reform, more people will become like Juli Erhart-Graves, whose family spends nearly 18 percent of its income on health insurance and out-of-pocket medical costs.
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Employer costs surge despite low inflation

November 25, 2009
J.K. Wall
Employers are seeing their health care costs rise even though inflation is at a virtual standstill.
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Indiana No. 3 in premium surge

November 18, 2009
J.K. Wall
Health insurance costs have spiked 136 percent in past decade, more than three times more than wage growth.
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Lilly, WellPoint CEOs pin hopes on Senate

November 11, 2009
J.K. Wall
Drugmaker and health insurer bemoan aspects of House health reform bill and hope Senate crafts more industry-friendly bill.
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WellPoint, Obama administration battle over cost of health reform to employers

November 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
At this point in the health reform debate, you have to take numbers from any side with a grain of salt. That said, Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. has done perhaps the only local analysis of how proposed reforms would affect the cost of health insurance for employers.
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Health care reform should slow down

November 7, 2009
I am writing because I have closely followed the debate on health care reform and am questioning some of the decisions being made by our legislators in Congress.
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Daniels blasts House health bill

November 5, 2009
J.K. Wall
In letter to Indiana congressmen, the governor says the reform bill would kill jobs with 'enormous' new taxes.
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WellPoint, White House sling reform studies

November 4, 2009
J.K. Wall
Health insurer says premiums would fall for local employers with unhealthy workers, but costs would rise for firms with average or healthy workers.
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Doctors balk at Senate attempt to cut out wasteful health care spending

October 31, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The big goal of health care reform is to cut wasteful spending to pay for expanded health insurance coverage. But the way the Senate Finance Committee bill tries to do that would be, according to some doctors, “disastrous.”
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Goodwill executive to lead national health care boardRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Scott Olson
Goodwill Industries executive Keith Reissaus has been tapped to run Washington, D.C.-based Leapfrog Group, an industry coalition. Reissaus gained control of health care costs by giving employees incentives to care about their health.
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Cook Group Inc. owner says health reform's tax on medical devices could kill jobs

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Bloomington-based Cook Group Inc. might have to cut as many as 1,000 local jobs if Congress enacts a tax on medical devices to pay for health care reform, company founder Bill Cook said in an interview.
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HETRICK: My Washington day in the war for health reformRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
I awoke long before the alarm sounded Tuesday. It’s not every day one testifies before Congress, so I was eager and anxious.
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Eli Lilly CEO banking on new drug pipeline

October 22, 2009
Associated Press
CEO John Lechleiter says Lilly's pipeline has helped it rebound from significant patent losses three times during his 30-year career at the company. He's betting there will be a fourth.
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Cook: Tax could kill 1,000 jobs in Bloomington

October 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Bloomington-based Cook Group Inc. could find itself cutting as many as 1,000 local jobs if Congress enacts a tax on medical devices to pay for health care reform, company founder Bill Cook said in an interview.
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Cook calls for new approach to health reform

October 20, 2009
J.K. Wall
Founder of medical device firm says Congress should fund network of low-cost clinics.
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SMITH: Cut health care costs by limiting malpractice lawsuitsRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Debra A. Smith
A peer-review panel of experts would help minimize unnecessary medical malpractice suits.
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Doctors link together to experiment with 'one-stop shopping'

October 17, 2009
Scott Olson
Specialists are clustering to focus on a single ailment, such as pain, to cut costs and improve quality of treatment.
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Power Breakfast panel debates health care reform

October 17, 2009
As health care legislation continues to wend its way through Congress, Indianapolis-area industry leaders still harbor strong opinions about the issue. Five industry insiders discussed how to improve the health care system during IBJ’s Power Breakfast Sept. 25 at the Westin Indianapolis.
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Baucus health reform bill draws fire in Indiana, too

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The health insurance industry’s sudden counterpunch to the Senate version of health reform echoed in Indiana and opened a key issue for the rest of the debate: Will covering half of the country’s uninsured mean raising premiums for the 85 percent of Americans who already have insurance?
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KALSCHEUR: Doctors eye precautions as reform gains steamRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Michael Kalscheur
Doctors are considering their options as health care reform gains momentum.
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