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December 21, 2013
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Corporate Philanthropy
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery will host a holiday dinner for 600 needy families on Christmas Day.

Fundraising
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.

Fundraising results
Alzheimer’s Association was the recipient of $227,730 raised by American Senior Communities in 2013.

International Violin Competition of Indianapolis received $90,600 as a result of its VIVA il Violino fundraiser in October.

In Recognition
Carolyn T. Elliott, Bose Public Affairs Group LLC, was recognized by Professional Women in Advocacy with an excellence in advocacy award in the category of Veteran Practitioner.

Lonnie D. Johnson, Clendening Johnson & Bohrer PC, received the 2013 Civility Award from the Indiana State Bar Association’s Litigation Section for his respect and professionalism in the courtroom.

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2014 Corporate Equality Index, and was named a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.•

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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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