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People in the news - Dec. 28, 2009

 IBJ Staff
December 26, 2009
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Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations
Craig Amhaus has joined Just Marketing International as director, partnership development.

Lauren Kriner has joined Miles Design to help with new business development and coordinating client relationships.

Chris Ryan and Tiffany Whisner have been promoted to account managers at Coles Marketing Communications. Brian Coles has been promoted to vice president of marketing.

Larry Mitchell has joined VMS as the IT helpdesk manager. Greg Cripe has joined as an IT service desk analyst and Laura Hawkins has joined as an editor.

Finance
Joyce Campbell and Gary McCarty have joined Allegiant Financial Group as financial services professionals.

Ryan Covington has been named an external wholesaler in the private client group at Turner Investment Partners.

Law
Nick Tokar has joined DeFur Voran as an associate.

Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman has added the following: Natalie L. Dressel, labor and employment; John M. Beyer, general health; and Allison Taylor, government relations and regulatory & compliance.

Services
SESCO Group has added the following: George Losonsky, senior technical adviser; Kristen Gehlbach, technical support manager; Craig Brown, staff project manager; Steven Moyer, staff geologist; Julie Brown, marketing coordinator; Nathan Hyde, staff environmental scientist; and Tim Yates, project manager. Carla Gill and Russell Schlukebir have been promoted to senior project managers. Eddie Foster has been promoted to executive vice president of corporate development.

Dr. Tim Franson has joined B&D Consulting, a division of Baker & Daniels LLP, as a senior vice president.

Janet Knieper has joined RMS-Safety as accounting/HR specialist.

Marc H. Gary has joined Marketplace Events, producer of the Indianapolis Home Show, as an exhibit sales representative.

Brian J. McKay has joined Advisa as a client service and sales consultant.

Technology/Telecommunications
Apparatus has added the following: Mike Holcomb, infrastructure specialist; Joey Groot, systems analyst; Jeremy Galloway, technical service representative; and Bill Lilegdon, director managed services.

Gregory Pugh has joined RND Group Inc. as a lead software engineer.

Charity White has joined Perpetual Technologies Inc. as strategic alliance manager.

Chris Smock has joined Shoemaker Motion Picture Co. LLC as senior estimator/engineer.•

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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).

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