IBJNews

Indiana health groups dial back lobbying

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Indiana health-related companies were somewhat absent from the lobbying bonanza that gripped Washington, D.C., last year. For all the heat and light about health reform, major Indiana companies actually spent slightly less to lobby Congress.

Overall spending on lobbying by the health industry rose 11 percent to a massive $539.4 billion. But among the 10 largest health care organizations in Indiana, as well as a key industry group, spending on lobbying actually fell 3 percent.

A big reason was that Eli Lilly and Co., which led all pharmaceutical companies with its lobbying in 2008, drew back a bit. Its total tab in 2009 was 10-percent less, but still $11.2 million.

The Indianapolis-based drugmaker generally favored the Democrats’ health reform bills—so long as they did not include a public option and granted 12 years of exclusivity before biotech drugs could be copied by generic competitors. Lilly has so far gotten what it wanted on both counts.

Lilly’s belt-tightening was more than offset by WellPoint Inc., the Indianapolis-based health insurer that has now become President Obama’s No. 1 foil in his drive to get health reform passed. He wants the House of Representatives to vote on a Senate version of reform, and a separate package of changes to it, by Saturday.

WellPoint spent $4.7 million on lobbying last year, up 21 percent from the previous year.

There also were big spikes in spending by most of Indiana’s medical-device companies, particularly after the Senate version of health reform threatened to stick the industry with $4 billion a year in fees. Those fees have since been whittled, but the medical-device industry still grumbles about them.
 
Bloomington-based Cook Group Inc. boosted its lobbying by 52 percent to $350,000. Warsaw-based Zimmer Holdings spent $240,000, a 45-percent jump. And Zimmer’s crosstown rival Biomet Inc. spent a whopping 76-percent more, for a total of $370,000.

But counteracting those increases was a pullback by Roche Diagnostics, which maintains its U.S. headquarters in Indianapolis; Roche slashed spending by 75 percent, to just $222,000.

The health reform debate did bring some first-time lobbyists into the game. Batesville-based Hill-Rom Holdings Inc. spent $270,000. And Indianapolis-based hospital system Community Health Network spent $130,000.

The count in Indiana might be skewed lower because doctors, who contribute to lobbying through their various national associations, increased overall lobbying by 8 percent. But other major organizations in Indiana spent less on lobbying in 2009, for various reasons.

Hospitals also tended to spend less in 2009 than the year before. Hospitals, as a whole, supported the Democratic health reform proposals, which would subsidize insurance so that 31 million additional Americans would have coverage. That means more paying customers for hospitals.

Indianapolis-based Clarian Health dropped its lobbying spending by 20 percent, to $210,000. The Sisters of St. Francis Health Services Inc., based in Mishawaka, Ind., reduced its lobbying expenses by 38 percent, to $80,000.

BioCrossroads, the Indianapolis-based life sciences development group, spent $83,000 on federal lobbying, down 13 percent from the previous year.

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. Of what value is selling alcoholic beverages to State Fair patrons when there are many families with children attending. Is this the message we want to give children attending and participating in the Fair, another venue with alooholic consumption onsite. Is this to promote beer and wine production in the state which are great for the breweries and wineries, but where does this end up 10-15 years from now, lots more drinkers for the alcoholic contents. If these drinks are so important, why not remove the alcohol content and the flavor and drink itself similar to soft drinks would be the novelty, not the alcoholic content and its affects on the drinker. There is no social or material benefit from drinking alcoholic beverages, mostly people want to get slightly or highly drunk.

  2. I did;nt know anyone in Indiana could count- WHY did they NOT SAY just HOW this would be enforced? Because it WON;T! NOW- with that said- BIG BROTHER is ALIVE in this Article-why take any comment if it won't appease YOU PEOPLE- that's NOT American- with EVERYTHING you indicated is NOT said-I can see WHY it say's o Comments- YOU are COMMIES- BIG BROTHER and most likely- voted for Obama!

  3. In Europe there are schools for hairdressing but you don't get a license afterwards but you are required to assist in turkey and Italy its 7 years in japan it's 10 years England 2 so these people who assist know how to do hair their not just anybody and if your an owner and you hire someone with no experience then ur an idiot I've known stylist from different countries with no license but they are professional clean and safe they have no license but they have experience a license doesn't mean anything look at all the bad hairdressers in the world that have fried peoples hair okay but they have a license doesn't make them a professional at their job I think they should get rid of it because stateboard robs stylist and owners and they fine you for the dumbest f***ing things oh ur license isn't displayed 100$ oh ur wearing open toe shoes fine, oh there's ONE HAIR IN UR BRUSH that's a fine it's like really? So I think they need to go or ease up on their regulations because their too strict

  4. Exciting times in Carmel.

  5. Twenty years ago when we moved to Indy I was a stay at home mom and knew not very many people.WIBC was my family and friends for the most part. It was informative, civil, and humerous with Dave the KING. Terri, Jeff, Stever, Big Joe, Matt, Pat and Crumie. I loved them all, and they seemed to love each other. I didn't mind Greg Garrison, but I was not a Rush fan. NOW I can't stand Chicks and all their giggly opinions. Tony Katz is to abrasive that early in the morning(or really any time). I will tune in on Saturday morning for the usual fun and priceless information from Pat and Crumie, mornings it will be 90.1

ADVERTISEMENT