Health Care

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It’s been nearly six months since HIP 2.0 was approved, and the state has enrolled nearly 300,000 Hoosiers in the health insurance program.  More than a dozen health care advocacy groups and insurers sang the praises of the program at a public forum Thursday.

As of July 1st, a little more than 289,000 residents have signed up for health care coverage through HIP 2.0.  186 thousand of them never had health insurance before.  And 70 percent of enrollees are using HIP Plus, which requires contributions to a health savings account. 

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Hoosiers who receive tax subsidies to reduce the cost of their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act say they’re celebrating after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling protecting those subsidies.

Nearly 160,000 Hoosiers have subsidies that reduce the cost of their insurance by an average of $320 per month. 

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It turns out that 7 out of 10 surveyed individuals in the U.S. are unaware of the Supreme Court case (and eminent ruling on) King v. Burwell.

Home health care advocates are trying to get the word out about a new law aimed at helping family caregivers provide better treatment to their relatives.

The Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable – or CARE Act – was signed by Governor Pence at the end of this year’s session.

Under the law, patients who are admitted to a hospital must be given the option to designate a family caregiver. If they do, hospitals must then keep the caregiver in the loop about patient transfers and explain things like medication management when it’s time for the patient to go home.

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Hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers have enrolled in Governor Pence’s healthcare program HIP 2.0 since rollout began earlier this year.  But the state wants more people to sign up, launching an ad campaign Monday to promote the program.

Halfway through its first year, more than 283,000 Hoosiers are participating in HIP 2.0.  And Family and Social Services Administration spokesman Jim Gavin says so far, enrollment has largely been achieved through word of mouth.

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Senate lawmakers unanimously approved the Right to Try bill Tuesday that its sponsor says will give “hope to the hopeless.”

The Right to Try bill would allow terminally-ill patients to receive experimental drugs as long as they meet three standards.  

Valparaiso Republican Senator Ed Charbonneau, the bill’s sponsor says, first, the medications must have passed through the first of three phases in the FDA’s approval process.

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Governor Mike Pence Tuesday announced that federal officials have approved his healthcare expansion  plan known as HIP 2.0. Pence says it’s an effort  that will reform and improve Medicaid in what he calls “the Indiana way.” 

Federal officials approved essentially everything Governor Pence asked for. The program includes HIP  Basic, a default plan for poorer Hoosiers that doesn’t require them to pay into a health savings account  but comes with fewer benefits and includes co-pays. 

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Those who assist people sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act are preparing for the upcoming open enrollment period. Efforts are going towards awareness and education in Allen County.

The so-called navigators at the Neighborhood Health Clinic in Fort Wayne are optimistic about this year’s open enrollment period for the insurance marketplace, often referred to as Obamacare.

But most uninsured Hoosiers don’t know that the sign-up date is around the corner. Many who do -  still don’t know how the marketplace works.

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.

The ruling has major implications for private companies that do not want to fall in line with the Affordable Care Act, and it could indicate whether nonprofit religious institutions including the University of Notre Dame will be required to comply with the law.

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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.

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.  That leaves more than 300,000 people without affordable health insurance coverage.  HIP 2.0 would expand that up to 138 percent of the poverty level – about $33,000 per year. 

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