Health Insurance

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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Indiana Health Information Exchange lands big insurer

October 13, 2009
J.K. Wall
UnitedHealthcare has become the second health insurer to join Quality Health First, a pay-for-performance program operated by the Indiana Health Information Exchange, the exchange announced Tuesday.
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VIDEOS: IBJ panelists examine needs, options for health-care reform

October 13, 2009
J.K. Wall
Presenting five video excerpts from a free-wheeling panel discussion about health-care reform featuring five of the city's top decision-makers. J.K. Wall moderates the IBJ's Power Breakfast, covering tort reform,illegal immigrants, pay models and insurance companies.
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WellPoint memos show job cuts starting with mid-level execs

October 10, 2009
J.K. Wall
With a national unemployment rate of nearly 10 percent eroding its customer base, WellPoint Inc. is cutting at least 30 middle-management employees and reshuffling its corporate organization, according to internal memos obtained by IBJ.
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Baucus health reform bill would stick Indiana companies with fees

October 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The health reform bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., would help pay for expanded health insurance coverage by levying fees of $13 billion a year on the health care industry. The fees would deliver a hefty bill to just about all of Indiana’s major health care companies. But how they’re reacting to the fees is all over the map.
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WellPoint shares partially recover after Thursday plunge

October 9, 2009
J.K. Wall
Shares of WellPoint Inc. partially recovered Friday morning after a plunge was touched off Thursday by gathering momentum behind health care reform and talk of a windfall-profit tax by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
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Weight-loss challenges at local firms raise money for charity

September 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Employees at five different companies collectively lost 805 pounds over six weeks this summer. They also raised $805 for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Indiana.
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Policyholders could pay more under Obama health plan

September 11, 2009
Associated Press
If President Barack Obama gets what he wants in his health care plan — covering all Americans and barring insurers from denying coverage — some analysts say individuals could wind up paying higher premiums.
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Sanctions lifted, WellPoint returns to Medicare biz

September 10, 2009
J.K. Wall
Nine months after being suspended as a contractor for the federal Medicare program, WellPoint Inc. is back in the game.
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St. Francis, Anthem finalize health insurance contract

September 1, 2009
Scott Olson
The St. Francis hospital system has finalized a multiyear agreement with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana, ending a months-long dispute over insurance-reimbursement costs, the parties said yesterday.
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Businesses help older workers confront Medicare dilemmaRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Scott Olson
Companies are helping workers age 65 and above decide whether to forgo their company health insurance and shift to Medicare. Medicare is becoming more attractive as costs of company policies rise.
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Monarch program persuades young, male workers to care about their healthRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Marc D. Allan
Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage is among hundreds of central Indiana companies that have introduced wellness programs to counteract the rising costs of health insurance and Worker’s Compensation.
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Health reform breaking WellPoint's way so farRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
J.K. Wall
With the Obama administration backing away from a government-run, "public" plan, the insurance industry faces a much smaller threat in the form of privately run insurance co-ops.

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Docs offer varied cures for ailing health care systemRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis physicians are mixed on the merits of a government-run, "public" health insurance plan. How reforms might affect their pay is another major concern.
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DailyMed sales trim Arcadia losses

August 13, 2009
J.K. Wall
Arcadia Resources Inc. narrowed its losses in its most recent quarter as it started to accelerate sales in its highly-touted DailyMed program, the company said today.
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HETRICK: A health insurance beneficiary pleads for reformRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
As a hearing-impaired, migraine-suffering, diabetic cancer survivor who's also the father of a cancer survivor and the widower of a cancer victim, I've experienced more than my fair share of American health care.
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Government-run insurance plan draws mixed reviews from employersRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
J.K. Wall
Businesses all want to see reform of the health care system, but they diverge on how much the U.S. government's entrance into the insurance market would help or hurt them.
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State insurance program containing health costsRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Scott Olson
Doug Stratton, executive director of the Indiana Comprehensive Health Insurance Association, slashes costs, pushes disease control to keep prices as low as possible.
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Entrepreneurs pursuing patient advocacy trendRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Christopher Lloyd
Patients are seeking help with their doctors, records and referrals as the health care system grows increasingly complex.
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Anthem needs to be reined inRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
[In response to a Jan. 12 story,] it's apparent that Anthem takes full advantage of the virtual monopoly it enjoys in Indiana and it does so on the backs of not only doctors and hospitals, but most assuredly on its paying customers, as well.
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Hoosier doctors fret about medical tourismRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
If globalization comes to health care, could it push doctors and hospitals to the brink of a bailout? That's the fear of Indiana doctors, who saw such a scenario become a whole lot more plausible late last year after Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. announced a pilot "medical tourism" project in Wisconsin that would pay for a company's workers to receive care in India.
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Obama's call ignites local health care debatesRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
J.K. Wall
When President-elect Barack Obama called for community discussions of health care reform, about 250 people in Indianapolis answered. Their answer rang loud with individual complaints, a surprising number of calls for national health insurance and some doubt that their comments would actually shape Obama's policymaking.
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WellPoint could grow during tough time for health insurersRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The health insurance industry — hurt by falling profits and threatened by Democratic reform bills — could see another wave of consolidation, and that may well involve Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc.
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  1. Now if he'd just stay there...

  2. Daniel - what about the many US citizens who do NOT follow what the Bible teaches? The Hindus, Jews, Muslims and others who are all American citizens entitled to all rights as Americans?? This issue has NOTHING to do with "What the Bible says..." Keep all Churches separate from State! Pence's ongoing idiocy continues to make Indiana look like a backwards, homophobic state in the eyes of our nation. Can't we move on to bigger issues - like educating our kids?

  3. 1. IBJ should link to the referenced report. We are in the age of electronic media...not sharing information is lazy. Here is a link http://www.in.gov/gov/files/Blue_Ribbon_Panel_Report_July_9_2014.pdf 2. The article should provide more clarity about the make-up of this panel. The commenters are making this item out to be partisan, it does not appear the panel is partisan. Here is a list of the panel which appears to be balanced with different SME to add different perspectives http://www.in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=138116?formation_id=189603 3. It suggests a by-pass, I do not see where this report suggests another "loop". 4. Henry, based on your kneejerk reaction, we would be better off if you moved to another state unless your post was meant as sarcasm in which case I say Well Done. 5. The article and report actually indicates need to improve rail and port infrastructure in direct contradiction to Shayla commentary. Specifically, recommendation is to consider passenger rail projects... 6. People have a voice with their elected officials. These are suggestions and do not represent "crony capitalism", etc. The report needs to be analyzed and the legislature can decide on priorities and spending. Don't like it, then vote in a new legislature but quit artificially creating issues where there are none! People need to sift through the politics and provide constructive criticism to the process rather than making uninformed comments in a public forum based on misinformation. IBJ should work harder to correct the record in these forums when blatant errors or misrepresentations are made.

  4. Joe ... Marriage is defined in the Bible ... it is mentioned in the Bible often. Marriage is not mentioned once in the US or Indiana Constitution ...

  5. Daniel - Educate me please: what does the Bible have to do with laws? If the government wasn't in the business of marriage to begin with, then it wouldn't have to "define" marriage at all. Marriage could be left as a personal, religious, or otherwise unregulated action, with no ties to taxes, legal status, etc. Then people could marry whomever they want, and all this silliness would go away. Remember to vote Libertarian in November.

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