Health Care

Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Senate Approves Experimental Drugs for Terminally-Ill

The Indiana Senate approved a bill Tuesday allowing experimental treatments to be given to some terminally-ill patients.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

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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5:26 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Pence's HIP 2.0 Approved

Governor Mike Pence announces the approval of HIP 2.0 Tuesday.
Credit Gretchen Frazee / Indiana Public Broadcasting

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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2:54 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Awareness Poses Challenge for Affordable Care Act


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.

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Politics & Government
5:08 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Despite Court Decision, State of Contraceptive Mandate Unclear for Non-Profits

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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Politics & Government
4:54 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Indiana Preps HIP 2.0 Ahead of Federal Approval

FSSA Secretary Debra Minott says her agency is moving forward with HIP 2.0 preparations on the assumption the feds will approve the plan.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

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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Health & Science
5:49 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Study Finds INSPECT System Effective Against Drug Abuse

Researchers studying a system used to track prescription drugs dispensed in Indiana say it’s widely effective for monitoring patient prescription drug use.  Nearly six thousand prescription drug providers were surveyed over the last two years to complete the research.

The current version of the INSPECT system that’s been in place since 2004 is a tool meant to help combat prescription drug abuse.  About 77 percent of survey respondents –including doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists, say they know about INSPECT, and 71 percent of those use it. 

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4:35 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Audit: Indianapolis VA Medical Center Needs Review

Results from an internal audit of the Veterans Affairs Department say the Indianapolis VA medical center requires further review.

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. 

Indianapolis’ Roudebush VA Medical Center was one of more than a hundred nationwide identified as needing further review. 

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Opinion - Health
3:58 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

The Hidden Costs of Health Care

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.

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 moral outrage. As a result, they now accept one of the seven plans available.

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11:08 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Healthy Indiana Plan Clears Its Waiting List

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 that list was dramatically shorter than in previous years. 

Last year, more than 50 thousand Hoosiers were on the waiting list for the Healthy Indiana Plan. When the federal government approved the program’s renewal for 2014, it changed the scope of the program, forcing the state to lower the income eligibility ceiling.

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