Insurance

FELDMAN: Affordable Care Act stirs paradoxes for employers

November 23, 2013
Judd Feldman / Special to IBJ
In addition to managing the complexity and challenges of the Affordable Care Act, employers are assessing the law’s impact on their Worker’s Compensation program. The debate ranges from minimal influence to significant, with many experts hedging their bets with a wait-and-see approach.
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TABLER: Market is driving trend toward 'public health'

November 23, 2013
Norman Tabler / Special to IBJ
The movement toward a “public health” model may be the most important current trend in American health care. Because the trend is more a result of market forces than of the Affordable Care Act, repealing Obamacare won’t stop it.
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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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House GOP gets its say on insurance cancellations

November 15, 2013
Associated Press
Republicans renewed an assault on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and his credibility on Friday as they pushed toward House passage of a measure to let insurers keep selling health coverage that falls short of the law's strict standards.
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Longtime insurance watchdog ends 40-year-old newsletter

November 15, 2013
Associated Press
The Insurance Forum, an independent newsletter based in central Indiana and read by industry leaders and consumer advocates across the continent, has placed its last issue in the mail.
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Obamacare has many health care insurers worried

November 14, 2013
Bloomberg News
The messy rollout of the insurance exchanges has made it hard for carriers to figure out what business will be like in 2014.
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Obama allows customers to keep canceled policies

November 14, 2013
Associated Press
Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health care law to give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled.
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701 Hoosiers choose Obamacare plans at rollout

November 13, 2013
Associated Press
The administration says fewer than 27,000 people managed to enroll for health insurance last month in the 36 states relying on the problem-filled federal website for President Barack Obama's overhaul.
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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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State extends high-risk pool because of Obamacare woes

October 31, 2013
 The Statehouse File
State officials announced Thursday that they will extend Indiana’s high-risk insurance pool through the end of January to accommodate Hoosiers who have been unable to enroll in coverage through the federal marketplace.
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Baldwin & Lyons' profit falls on smaller investment gains

October 31, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Premiums written by the firm’s insurance subsidiaries hit $96.6 million, an increase of nearly 19 percent over the third quarter a year ago and 4 percent over the second quarter.
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CNO Financial's profit, revenue up in third quarter

October 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
CNO Financial Group Inc. on Monday reported a third-quarter profit of $283 million, a significant jump from the money-losing quarter it experienced a year ago.
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Home insurers changing policies, raising premiums in wake of losses

October 26, 2013
Scott Olson
Big claims in recent years are driving up prices of policies in Indiana and causing some insurers to cut back coverage.
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Insurers brainstorm with Obama staff on health exchange fix

October 23, 2013
Bloomberg News
The heads of WellPoint Inc., Aetna Inc. and at least 10 other insurers met with the Obama administration Wednesday to discuss correcting flaws in how data from the U.S. health-care marketplaces is transferred to the companies.
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Insurer CEOs head to White House to talk Obamacare troubles

October 23, 2013
Bloomberg News
Health insurance execs, including WellPoint Inc. CEO Joseph Swedish, will meet with top White House officials Wednesday as the president seeks to contain political damage from the disastrous rollout of Obamacare.
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WellPoint's profit drops, but whips expectations

October 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
The giant health insurer raised its full-year profit forecast 40 cents per share, emboldened by stabilized customer rolls and slowing medical claims.
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Lawmaker says state suit could end tax break for 400,000

October 9, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A key House Democrat says a lawsuit filed by the attorney general challenging the Affordable Care Act could lead to 400,000 Hoosiers losing out on tax breaks meant to make the insurance more affordable.
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State, schools sue U.S. government over Obamacare

October 8, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Fifteen Indiana school districts and the state of Indiana have filed a lawsuit challenging the federal health care law and subsidies that are available to Hoosiers under rules set by the IRS.
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Technology on track to dramatically change health care

October 5, 2013
J.K. Wall
Cost pressures are forcing health care providers to extend the reach of limited resources.
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HEIGHT: New patients could overload the systemRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Jay Height / Special to IBJ
We all agree that something needs to be done for our challenged health care system. But is the new health care law what we need? Will this help those who are poor receive health care they need?
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MCCARTY: Clear the path to the federal MarketplaceRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Sally McCarty / Special to IBJ
Battles over the Affordable Care Act have raged since President Obama signed it into law in March 2010—and it’s time they stop.
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THOMAS: Confusion about health care act aboundsRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Matt Thomas / Special to IBJ
As president of a professional employer organization, I spend an enormous amount of time dealing with the complexities of the Affordable Care Act from the perspective of an employer sponsoring a health insurance plan.
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Health Care & Benefits Power Breakfast TranscriptRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Read the discussion of experts gathered by Indianapolis Business Journal.
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Shutdown orders issued as Congress misses deadline

October 1, 2013
Associated Press
For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans demanded changes in the nation's health care law and President Barack Obama and Democrats refused.
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Government edges closer to shutdown over Obamacare

September 30, 2013
Associated Press
About 800,000 federal workers could be forced off the job after midnight if Congress can't cut an eleventh hour deal on the budget, complicated by the GOP's attempt to delay Obamacare.
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