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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.