Health Care

Consumers shun cheapest Obamacare exchange plans

February 20, 2014
Bloomberg News
Most Americans are avoiding the lowest-priced health plans on the Obamacare insurance exchanges, taking advantage of government subsidies to seek more protection against high treatment costs.
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Lilly drug shows promise as lung cancer treatment

February 19, 2014
J.K. Wall
Shares of Eli Lilly and Co. rose as much as 3.8 percent Wednesday morning after the Indianapolis-based drugmaker revealed that an experimental drug boosted overall survival among lung cancer patients in a large trial.
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Nursing home profits surge as owners seek moratorium

February 15, 2014
J.K. Wall
Nearly two-thirds of the state’s nursing homes are now participating in partnerships with county-owned hospitals that effectively double their profit margins.
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Another delay in health law's employer requirement

February 11, 2014
Associated Press
The Obama administration Monday granted employers another delay in a heavily criticized requirement that medium-to-larger firms cover their workers or face fines.
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Mainstreet plans 24 more Indiana senior care facilities

February 7, 2014
J.K. Wall
Carmel-based developer Mainstreet Property Group announced Friday that it will open seven more health care facilities for Hoosier seniors this year and another 17 on top of that by 2016.
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IU Health, UnitedHealthcare reach end to contract dispute

February 6, 2014
J.K. Wall
The new two-year agreement gives UnitedHealthcare discounted rates retroactive to Jan. 1. Such discounts, which insurers negotiate with hospital systems, reduce prices 30 percent or more.
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Testosterone-replacement rival of Lilly's Axiron draws lawsuits

February 5, 2014
Bloomberg News
Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie Inc., the company it spun off last year, hid the dangers of using the testosterone replacement drug AndroGel, five men claim in lawsuits.
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Finding uninsured means targeting key locations

February 5, 2014
Associated Press
The uninsured aren't scattered evenly across the country: half of them live in just 116 of the nation's 3,143 counties. Federal officials are focusing on 25 key metro areas, including Indianapolis.
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Analysts say health care law means fewer on job

February 4, 2014
Associated Press
Several million American workers will cut back their hours on the job or leave the nation's workforce entirely because of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, congressional analysts said Tuesday.
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U.S. venture gathers drugmakers to take on major diseases

February 4, 2014
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co., Pfizer Inc. and eight other large drugmakers will partner with the U.S. government in a $230 million effort to identify new approaches to treat Alzheimer’s, diabetes, lupus and arthritis.
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Testosterone drugs under FDA review for heart-attack risk

February 3, 2014
Bloomberg News
Testosterone drugs, which make up a growing market for pharmaceutical companies such as Eli Lilly, are getting a closer look from U.S. regulators.
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Rival's lawsuit could delay launch of new Lilly insulin

January 31, 2014
J.K. Wall
Paris-based Sanofi sued Eli Lilly and Co. on Thursday for patent infringement. That suit triggers an automatic 30-month delay on Lilly’s plans to launch a similar version of Sanofi's once-a-day insulin Lantus.
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Indianapolis businessman indicted for health care fraud

January 29, 2014
J.K. Wall
Ronald Reed, the owner of Benchmark Mobility Corp., allegedly billed the Medicaid and Medicare programs for used wheelchairs, scooters and lift chairs as if they were brand new, obtaining nearly $443,000 in fraudulent sales.
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Panel delays vote on bill to require prescription for cold meds

January 27, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
A committee heard two hours of testimony Monday on a bill that would make medicine containing pseudoephedrine a schedule III drug. The committee did not vote.
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New tiered network trips up IU Health, UnitedHealthcare talks

January 27, 2014
J.K. Wall
In spite of offers to strike a short-term extension, UnitedHealthcare and Indiana University Health are still hung up in contract negotiations on one key point: Minnesota-based UnitedHealthcare wants to create a multi-tiered network of providers and services that would offer the lowest co-pays and deductibles for favored hospital systems—which IU Health is not.
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View of health rollout improves, but only slightly

January 27, 2014
Associated Press
Negative perceptions of the health care rollout have eased, a new poll finds. But overall, two-thirds of Americans say things still aren't going well.
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Riley building statewide physician network

January 25, 2014
J.K. Wall
Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health has signed up 200 area pediatricians to be part of its new physician network. The move is the first step in an effort to build a statewide network of doctors that would use the Riley brand.
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Biological drug bill advances to full Senate

January 23, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Senate is set to consider legislation that could give patients access to more options for drug treatments that derive from biological organisms.
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Hospital uncertainty prompts 350 job cuts at Hill-Rom

January 23, 2014
J.K. Wall
Hill-Rom Holdings Inc. will eliminate about 350 jobs over the next two years as a cost-saving move after the maker of hospital equipment saw its profit grow slower than expected.
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Indiana board suspends doctor linked to 31 deaths

January 22, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Medical Licensing Board on Wednesday suspended the license of 83-year-old Dr. Frank Campbell, former medical director of the Madison County Community Health Center.
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Central Indiana hospitals limit visitors over flu

January 21, 2014
Associated Press
A swine flu outbreak has prompted several central Indiana hospitals to restrict visitors to protect patients, families and staff from unnecessary potential exposure.
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Carmel upstart fights nursing home moratorium

January 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Nursing home companies went on a building spree in Indiana, and now most of them want the Legislature’s help reining in high operating costs brought by over-capacity.
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Prescription could be required to buy cold medicine

January 17, 2014
Ryanne Wise, The Statehouse File
Over-the-counter medications for common colds and allergies could become more regulated under a Indiana House bill introduced last week.
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Obamacare small-biz plan lags as employers stand pat

January 17, 2014
Bloomberg News
Greeted by higher premiums, less generous coverage and more paperwork, small businesses are choosing to renew existing health plans rather than buy them through President Barack Obama’s program.
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Older Hoosiers dominate health care sign-ups

January 13, 2014
Associated Press
The ranks of Indiana and U.S. residents who have selected health insurance plans through a federally run online exchange are dominated by the oldest, and costliest, age groups.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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