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November 30, 2013
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Corporate Philanthropy
Kevin Storm donated his time through Dec. 1, for a first visit to the Storm Chiropractic Clinic, in exchange for a donation to Y for All.

Global Gifts Indianapolis stores donated 10% of the purchases made on Nov. 22 to VSA Indiana.

Flaherty & Collins, in partnership with Vision Communities Inc., donated thousands of canned goods to the Mozel Sanders Foundation in support of its annual Thanksgiving Day campaign.

Fundraising
Assistance League of Indianapolis to benefit from its Silver Star Celebration holiday luncheon, style show and silent auction Dec. 5 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Ritz Charles. Tickets: $50-$70. Contact Kathy Detzler at 577-8327.

Gleaner’s Food Bank of Indiana to benefit from Central Indiana Dance Ensemble Presents “The Nutcracker” Dec. 13, 14 and 15 at Zionsville Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $30, $1 of each ticket sold will be donated to Gleaners. Contact 844-7453 or visit cideance.org.

Smile Bright for Brittany Aydt will receive 15% of the tickets sold for the Indianapolis Sport Fitness & Hobby Show Jan. 3-5 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Tickets $10. Visit indysportfitnessandhobbyshow.com.

Heroes Foundation to benefit from An Evening with Heroes Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at JW Marriott. Tickets: $125. Visit heroesfoundation.org/events.

Grants
Westfield Youth Assistance Program received a $5,000 grant from The HomeGoods store in Noblesville.

United Way of Howard County received $10,000 from the Duke Energy Foundation for tornado relief efforts.

Twenty-one campus ministry organizations received a total of $2.9 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to enable students to participate in life-shaping experiences.

In Recognition
Jan Michelsen, Ogletree Deakins, has been inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America.

Jeff Ferrand, Leeuw Oberlies & Campbell PC, was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators and the Dennis Nebergall Award by the Indiana Chapter of the NSPII for his service in the fight against insurance fraud.

Marsh Supermarkets received the MS Superstar Business Supporter of the Year award from the Indiana State Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.•
 

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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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