People in the news - April 1, 2013

 IBJ Staff
March 30, 2013
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Dauby O’Connor & Zaleski has added the following accounting staff: Aaron Greiner, Amber Bogan, Andrew Fuchs, Brittany Cuthbertson, Ian Sivak, Jack Weatherwax, Jessica Runkle, Jon Buckzo, Julie Bradford, Neil Rentschler, Parker Higgins, Patrick O’Donnell, Rob Doyle, Ron Lewis, Sarah Ames, Stephen Short, Summer Smith, Tyler Snyder, Zach Enos, Zach Scott, Abby Shafer, Derek Hammond and Michelle Siebert.

Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations
W. Michael Davidson has been named a member at SteerPoint LLC.

Concord Neighborhood Centers has named the following officers: James Pat Smither, president; Cindy H. Wood, vice president; Stephen Reynolds, second vice president; Matt Albrecht, treasurer; and Shirley Henthorne, secretary.

Wendy King has been named executive director of the American Heart Association, Indianapolis.

The Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis has named the following officers : Jennifer Banner, chairwoman; Peter Lacy, chairman emeritus; Erin Huntington, first vice chairwoman; Linda Hicks, second vice chairwoman; Linh Preston, secretary, Kaus Christopher, treasurer; Mandy Parris, assistant treasurer; and Lori Torres, governance chairwoman. New board members are Jeffry Carter, community volunteer; Ellen Humphrey, ExactTarget; Helen Kurlander Goldstein, Goldstein Group Financial Advisors; and Chad Pittman, Indiana Economic Development Corp.

The Indiana Economic Development Association has named the following: Lee Lewellen, CEO, and Jill Ewing, chief operating officer.

International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists, central Indiana chapter, has named the following officers: Debra A. Skinner, McCready and Keene Inc., past president; Pamela J. Rutkowski, Herff Jones Inc., president; Sally J. Trulock, McCready and Keene, Inc., vice president; James O. Edwards, American United Life Insurance Co., secretary; and Douglas C. Feltz, Gardner & White, division of Gallagher Benefit Services Inc., treasurer. New directors are Judith A. Embry, Roche Diagnostics Corp.; Keith A. Saunders, Tobias Insurance Group; Carey R. Wooton, IUE-CWA Pension Fund; and Terry L. Lothamer, Employee Benefits Solutions Inc.

Real Estate
Kristie Smith and the Indy home team of Amber Wilson, Amy McIntyre and Kate Benson have joined Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro Northeast as agents.

Sycamore Group Associates has added the following associates: Carol Averitt Robbins, Don Kuroiwa, Jamie C. Willis, Debra Kent, Justine Bright and Bruce Bright.

Megan Kiley has joined Indiana Sports Corp as assistant coordinator of events.

CSpring has added the following: Olga Chernyak, project manager; Lynette Mirabent, senior project manager; and Julia Rutland, office manager.

Scott Goodwin has been named executive vice president of Fathom Voice.

Dave Greene has been promoted to vice president of business development at BlueSky Technology Partners Inc.

OHL has promoted the following: Brad Elrod, director of quality and regulatory compliance; Cheryl Jones, director of business development; Tristian Huether and Kyle Carpenter, assistant operations managers, Plainfield campus.

Kelsey MacEwen has joined Wheaton World Wide Moving | Bekins Van Lines as sales assistant, sales and marketing department.•


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  1. You are correct that Obamacare requires health insurance policies to include richer benefits and protects patients who get sick. That's what I was getting at when I wrote above, "That’s because Obamacare required insurers to take all customers, regardless of their health status, and also established a floor on how skimpy the benefits paid for by health plans could be." I think it's vital to know exactly how much the essential health benefits are costing over previous policies. Unless we know the cost of the law, we can't do a cost-benefit analysis. Taxes were raised in order to offset a 31% rise in health insurance premiums, an increase that paid for richer benefits. Are those richer benefits worth that much or not? That's the question we need to answer. This study at least gets us started on doing so.

  2. *5 employees per floor. Either way its ridiculous.

  3. Jim, thanks for always ready my stuff and providing thoughtful comments. I am sure that someone more familiar with research design and methods could take issue with Kowalski's study. I thought it was of considerable value, however, because so far we have been crediting Obamacare for all the gains in coverage and all price increases, neither of which is entirely fair. This is at least a rigorous attempt to sort things out. Maybe a quixotic attempt, but it's one of the first ones I've seen try to do it in a sophisticated way.

  4. In addition to rewriting history, the paper (or at least your summary of it) ignores that Obamacare policies now must provide "essential health benefits". Maybe Mr Wall has always been insured in a group plan but even group plans had holes you could drive a truck through, like the Colts defensive line last night. Individual plans were even worse. So, when you come up with a study that factors that in, let me know, otherwise the numbers are garbage.

  5. You guys are absolutely right: Cummins should build a massive 80-story high rise, and give each employee 5 floors. Or, I suppose they could always rent out the top floors if they wanted, since downtown office space is bursting at the seams (http://www.ibj.com/article?articleId=49481).