Insurance

Court nixes Obamacare subsidies for Indiana, 35 other states

July 22, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
The Obamacare tax credits that brought nearly $400 million to Indiana this year to help Hoosiers buy health insurance could go away after a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday they were illegal.
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Mouse clicks replace stethoscopes as U.S. web care grows

July 14, 2014
Bloomberg News
To cut medical costs and diagnose minor ailments, WellPoint Inc. and Aetna Inc., among other health insurers, are letting millions of patients get seen online first.
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WellPoint CEO: Insurer preparing for technology wave

July 10, 2014
Associated Press
In a wide-ranging interview, WellPoint Inc. CEO Joseph Swedish says adapting to technology is a top priority as he leads the nation's second largest health insurer.
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CNO upgraded by S&P after divesting insurance unit

July 2, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
CNO Financial Group Inc. was upgraded by Standard & Poor’s after the Carmel-based company completed the sale of a life insurance unit that was no longer issuing policies.
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Pence tells feds that HIP 2.0 has broad support

July 1, 2014
 The Statehouse File
State officials say they will submit a plan Wednesday to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan to more uninsured Hoosiers using federal Medicaid dollars.
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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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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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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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Indiana social services chief Minott leaving post

June 16, 2014
 The Statehouse File
The head of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is on her way out just as negotiations heat up with federal officials over Gov. Mike Pence’s alternative to a traditional Medicaid expansion.
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Teamwork transforming care at IU Health's Saxony hospitalRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
J.K. Wall
Getting everyone into the same room prior to surgeries is cutting costs and improving health.
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Mailer quoting Giuliani targets Indy water-line woes

May 29, 2014
Dan Human
Indianapolis homeowners have received a scare-sell insurance pitch about their water-service lines that appears to carry the endorsement of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
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Pence’s HIP 2.0 plan gets kudos at first public hearing

May 28, 2014
Seth Morin, The Statehouse File
Health care professionals and advocates for the poor voiced praise and support Wednesday for a plan by Gov. Mike Pence to expand the state’s Healthy Indiana Plan to provide more insurance coverage to Hoosiers.
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Hearings set for Healthy Indiana Plan expansion

May 26, 2014
Associated Press
Two public hearings are scheduled this week on Gov. Mike Pence's plan to use Medicaid funds to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan to provide insurance under the federal health care overhaul.
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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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UPDATE: Pence to propose 2-tier insurance plan for poor

May 14, 2014
Associated Press
Officials with direct knowledge of the plan said participants in the first tier would receive limited coverage at no charge. A second tier would include dental and vision coverage and require participant contributions.
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Consumers losing doctors with Obamacare plans

May 13, 2014
Associated Press
Before the law took effect, experts warned that narrow networks could impact patient's access to care, especially in cheaper plans. But with insurance cards now in hand, consumers are finding their access limited across all price ranges.
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Pence to unveil multipronged plan to expand health insurance

May 13, 2014
J.K. Wall
The governor's plan, to be announced Thursday, involves a combination of the Healthy Indiana Plan, employer-sponsored health plans and health savings accounts, according to an invitation sent Tuesday to Indiana health care officials.
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Insurers say most Obamacare enrollees paying premiums

May 6, 2014
Bloomberg News
Three large health insurers including Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. and Aetna Inc. say that a high percentage of their new Obamacare customers are paying their first premiums, partly undermining a Republican criticism of enrollment in the program.
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CNO takes big earnings hit to dispose of old business

April 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Excluding the cost of finally shedding a block of business from predecessor Conseco Inc., CNO's operations were on the upswing in the first quarter.
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Late sign-ups boost numbers, improve Obamacare outlook

April 18, 2014
Associated Press
Still to be announced is what share of those 8 million enrollees were previously uninsured, and how many actually secured coverage by paying their first month's premiums.
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Employee defection sparks battle between brokerages

April 17, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Hylant Group says a former worker in its Carmel offices broke a non-compete agreement and poached clients for his new insurance-brokerage gig in Indianapolis.
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Insurer acquires Indy-based StreetLinks for $60 million

April 16, 2014
Bloomberg News
StreetLinks, which sells real estate appraisal management services and software, will retain its brand name and remain headquartered in Indianapolis, according to the statement.
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Health insurers must make educated guesses on 2015 pricesRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
J.K. Wall
The back-loaded enrollment process for the Obamacare exchanges gives insurers far, far less information about their new customers than usual.
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Indiana insurers must make best guesses on 2015 price hikes

April 10, 2014
J.K. Wall
Health insurers such as WellPoint Inc. that plan to hike prices on their Obamacare policies more than 10 percent in 2015 will have a much harder time than usual making their case to regulators.
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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