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Records - Oct. 24, 2011

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October 22, 2011
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Contracts
The Indianapolis Air Show has announced the selection of BPS Marketing Inc. as its agency of record.

Fundraising
Mental Health America of Indiana to benefit from “Removing the Mask Gala” on Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. Costumes encouraged. Contact Beth A. Karnes at bkarnes@mhai.net.

Sheltering Wings to benefit from third annual “Battle of the Bands” Oct. 29 at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., competition at 5 p.m. Cost: free. Contact Amy Cline at 386-5061 or acline@shelteringwings.org.

Meals on Wheels to benefit from 40th birthday bash on Nov. 4, at 6:30 -11:30 p.m. at The Riverwalk in Broad Ripple. Auction starts Oct. 28. Visit www.charityauctionstoday.com/store/mealsonwheels. Order tickets through Oct. 27 or contact Barb Renshaw at 252-5558 or brenshaw@mealsonwheelsindy.org.

Fundraising Results
Children’s Bureau Inc.‘s 14th Annual Celebrity Cook-off at Benihana raised $80,000.

Grants
The KPMG Foundation has awarded Brent Garza, a $10,000 KPMG Minority Accounting Doctoral Scholarship to pursue his doctorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In Recognition
Kurt Beier, Blue & Co.LLC , Carmel, has been selected as a recipient of the 2011 Emerging Leaders Award by the Indiana CPA Society.

Dr. Malaz Boustani, Wishard Healthy Aging Brain Center, received the 2011 Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Award for health science research. The Wishard Volunteer Advocates Program was given the award in the fields of preventive medicine and public health.

Thomas R. Schultz, Schultz & Pogue LLP, has been selected Defense Lawyer of the Year by The Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana.

Ron Collier, Indiana Members Credit Union, has been inducted into the Indiana Credit Union Hall of Fame.

Twenty Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP attorneys were honored in The Best Lawyers in America 2012 for outstanding reputations and distinguished work in their practice areas.

Samuel Laurin, Bose McKinney & Evans, has been named as the Indianapolis Best Lawyers’ Litigation - Construction Lawyer of the Year.

Susan Traynor Chastain, Bose McKinney & Evans, has been named the Indianapolis Best Lawyers’ Education Law Lawyer of the Year for 2012.•

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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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