Health Care http://wboi.org en Despite Court Decision, State of Contraceptive Mandate Unclear for Non-Profits http://wboi.org/post/despite-court-decision-state-contraceptive-mandate-unclear-non-profits <p style="line-height:14.25pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color:#333333">The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that closely-held companies like Hobby Lobby can refuse to cover the cost of contraceptives for religious reasons.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:08:53 +0000 Gretchen Frazee 32549 at http://wboi.org Despite Court Decision, State of Contraceptive Mandate Unclear for Non-Profits Indiana Preps HIP 2.0 Ahead of Federal Approval http://wboi.org/post/indiana-preps-hip-20-ahead-federal-approval <p>Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration is preparing for implementation of HIP 2.0, its healthcare expansion plan, even though federal approval of the program could still be months away.</p><p>Only Hoosiers earning up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level – about $24,000 for a family of four – are eligible for the current Healthy Indiana Plan.&nbsp; That leaves more than 300,000 people without affordable health insurance coverage. &nbsp;HIP 2.0 would expand that up to 138 percent of the poverty level – about $33,000 per year.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:54:17 +0000 Brandon Smith 31885 at http://wboi.org Indiana Preps HIP 2.0 Ahead of Federal Approval Study Finds INSPECT System Effective Against Drug Abuse http://wboi.org/post/study-finds-inspect-system-effective-against-drug-abuse <p>Researchers studying a system used to track prescription drugs dispensed in Indiana say it’s widely effective for monitoring patient prescription drug use. &nbsp;Nearly six thousand prescription drug providers were surveyed over the last two years to complete the research.</p><p>The current version of the INSPECT system that’s been in place since 2004 is a tool meant to help combat prescription drug abuse.&nbsp; About 77 percent of survey respondents –including doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists, say they know about INSPECT, and 71 percent of those use it.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:49:41 +0000 Brandon Smith 31557 at http://wboi.org Audit: Indianapolis VA Medical Center Needs Review http://wboi.org/post/audit-indianapolis-va-medical-center-needs-review <p>Results from an internal audit of the Veterans Affairs Department say the Indianapolis VA medical center requires further review.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The internal audit was convened in the wake of the VA scandal that uncovered manipulated schedule times and falsified waiting lists at facilities across the country, leading to lapses in patient care and, in some cases, deaths.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Indianapolis’ <a href="http://www.indianapolis.va.gov/">Roudebush VA Medical Center</a> was one of more than a hundred nationwide identified as needing further review.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:35:27 +0000 Brandon Smith 31548 at http://wboi.org Audit: Indianapolis VA Medical Center Needs Review The Hidden Costs of Health Care http://wboi.org/post/hidden-costs-health-care <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Westchester Medical Center recently had to reverse positions. Their decision to refuse all insurance plans available on the New York Health Insurance Exchange was met with </span><a href="http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20140202/NEWS12/140202005/Westchester-Med-Center-won-t-accept-ACA-patients" style="line-height: 1.5;">moral outrage</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:58:36 +0000 Abraham Schwab 26771 at http://wboi.org The Hidden Costs of Health Care Healthy Indiana Plan Clears Its Waiting List http://wboi.org/post/healthy-indiana-plan-clears-its-waiting-list <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The Healthy Indiana Plan, the state’s health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers, has added all the applicants from its waiting list to the program for 2014. But&nbsp;that list was dramatically shorter than in previous years.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:08:12 +0000 Brandon Smith 25198 at http://wboi.org