Insurance Benefits

Supreme Court lets other birth-control cases stand

July 1, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that its decision a day earlier extending religious rights to closely held corporations applies broadly to the contraceptive coverage requirement in the new health care law.
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Employers scramble to deal with same-sex marriage

June 26, 2014
J.K. Wall
Nine out of 10 Hoosier employers do not offer benefits to same-sex partners, meaning many might need to change their policies after a federal judge on Wednesday declared same-sex marriage legal in Indiana.
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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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Cost-control plan for health care could cost more patients

May 16, 2014
Associated Press
The Obama administration has given the go-ahead for a new cost-control strategy called "reference pricing." It lets insurers and employers put a dollar limit on what health plans pay for some expensive procedures.
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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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Indiana says insurers can't reinstate canceled policies

November 20, 2013
J.K. Wall
The state insurance department said Wednesday morning that to do so would "create logistical chaos" and "destabilize" Indiana's individual health insurance market.
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‘Zero-premium’ insurance could leave hospitals hurtingRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
J.K. Wall
So-called “zero-premium plans” are priced in such a way that their premiums would be no greater than the federal tax subsidies that low-income buyers could claim.
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Survey: Health insurance costs outpace wage gains

August 21, 2013
Associated Press
Annual premiums for employer-sponsored family coverage climbed nearly 4 percent this year, to top $16,000 for the first time, according to a survey the Kaiser Family Foundation released Tuesday.
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Healthx using IT to connect insurers to their customersRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
J.K. Wall

Health insurance has long been a business-to-business endeavor between insurers, employers, hospitals and doctors. Patients received benefits, but they weren’t really customers. That’s all about to change.

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Benefits firm to continue growth spurt, add 25 jobs

July 1, 2013
Mason King
Nyhart Actuary & Employee Benefits plans to invest $840,000 to lease and equip an expansion of its Indianapolis headquarters, and already has started hiring.
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Docs court employers with health management

May 28, 2013
J.K. Wall
Three years ago, the physician practice American Health Network was concerned that the boom in employer on-site clinics would hurt its business. So it launched a program aimed at managing the health of employers’ workers. And it has come up with some impressive results.
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Study: Indiana individual health-claim costs to rise

March 26, 2013
Associated Press
A study by the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts shows the biggest driver of health insurance premiums will rise by more than 67 percent for Indiana residents' individual policies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
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Strong sales of retirement plans boost OneAmerica

March 22, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A big bet on employer-sponsored retirement plans is paying off for locally based OneAmerica Financial Partners, a company best known for its life insurance offerings.
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Pence not ruling out health partnership with feds

November 14, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence has ruled out building a state-run health insurance exchange but appears to be leaving open the option of running a joint venture with the federal government as a critical decision deadline draws near.
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Deal provides peek at Anthem's narrow networks

November 5, 2012
J.K. Wall
A new agreement in Wisconsin provides a glimpse of the kind of “narrow network” arrangements that Indianapolis-based Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield might attempt in Indiana.
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Some hospitals, doctors might be cut from health plansRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
J.K. Wall
With health insurance premiums continuing to outstrip inflation, some health insurers and hospital systems are considering bringing back an old strategy: limiting patient access to a “narrow” network of doctors and hospitals.
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High-deductible premiums rising, too

September 17, 2012
J.K. Wall
Since 2007, premiums for high-deductible health plans’ family coverage have grown 32 percent—compared with 30 percent among all health plans, according to survey data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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Average premiums for employee health plans rise 4 percent

September 11, 2012
Associated Press
Annual premiums for job-based family health insurance went up just 4 percent on average this year, but that's no comfort with the price tag approaching $16,000 and rising more than twice as fast as wages.
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Mayor signs off on domestic-partner ordinance

August 23, 2012
The ordinance covering city employees offers insurance coverage to both same-sex and heterosexual unmarried couples. The mayor also signed the "Complete Streets" proposal.
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Employee benefits firm plans Indianapolis expansion

July 30, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Apex Benefits Group plans to invest $1 million and add 25 jobs paying an average of $44 an hour.
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Committee passes domestic partner benefits proposal

July 25, 2012
The plan to offer health-care benefits to domestic partners of Indianapolis city workers passed a City-County Council committee by a 7-0 vote on Tuesday. The full council could consider the measure as early as Aug. 13.
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Benefits brokers gain ground without mergingRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
J.K. Wall
While mergers and acquisitions have been rampant in central Indiana’s benefits-broker industry the past five years, a handful of brokers has grown the old-fashioned way—by adding clients.
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Indianapolis council to consider domestic-partner benefits

May 25, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
City-County Councilor Angela Mansfield filed the proposal covering city employees that would make same-sex and heterosexual couples who live together eligible for health insurance benefits.
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Broker tied to ISTA insurance woes still tangling with stateRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Greg Andrews
David Karandos failed to make fine payments due March 1 and April 1, and Securities Commissioner Chris Naylor has ordered him to appear at a May hearing to make the case why “additional consequences” aren’t warranted.
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COLVIN: Get ready for a perfect storm in Worker's Compensation

March 17, 2012
Ryan Colvin / Special to IBJ
Rates are set to rise as insurers increasingly note the link between older workers' health and productivity.
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