Abraham Schwab

One of the things that separates professionals, like doctors and lawyers, from other occupations is the additional responsibilities they take on. The nature of these responsibilities depends upon the profession and the particular professional’s role within the profession, but they all fall under the general category of working in the best interest of their client or patient.

Opinion: Repeal or Reform?

Jan 25, 2017
Abraham Schwab

I can remember watching as the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) was passed. I was watching on our small kitchen TV in Brooklyn. I remember watching the numbers of votes for and against rise higher and higher until in the end, the law passed.

Since that time, I have given more talks than I can count about Obamacare, what it is, and what it isn't. The misconceptions and misunderstandings about Obamacare continue to this day. 

Providing Paths For Mental Health Providers

Apr 13, 2016
Jill Sheridan / WFYI

Indiana is experiencing a statewide mental health care provider shortage and for children can be even more difficult to access.  Lawmakers established the Mental Health Loan Assistance Repayment Program in 2014, to incentivize more young Hoosiers to pursue mental health degrees. It's a first step in a growing effort to fill the provider gap.

This year's open enrollment period for insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act started Saturday. From political tensions to technical glitches, last year's period certainly had its ups and downs. To find out more about sign-ups in Allen County this time around, WBOI's Sean Bueter asked reporter Virginia Alvino, who's been tracking the issue since the initial rollout last year. 

Governor Mike Pence says there are scenarios in which Indiana might not move ahead with healthcare expansion as the state and federal government discuss the proposed plan known as HIP 2.0. Pence says “differences remain” after his meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.  

Pence has long ruled out using federal dollars from the Affordable Care Act to expand traditional Medicaid. Instead, he’s pushed use of the Healthy Indiana Plan as a vehicle to deliver affordable health insurance to around 300,000 Hoosiers within the coverage gap. 

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President Barack Obama announced Thursday more than six million people had signed up for health insurance through federal Affordable Care Act exchanges.

The deadline to enroll for individual insurance through the exchanges is Monday, March 31st. Most Americans must have insurance by then or face fines. 

Nationwide, there has been a major push to enroll specific groups, like young people and minority applicants. 

More than ten thousand Hoosiers set to lose health insurance coverage through the Healthy Indiana Plan will get to keep those plans for a few more months. The state is reacting to enrollment issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

Up to now, a family of four earning about $47,0000 per year – 200 percent of the federal poverty level – was eligible for the Healthy Indiana Plan, the state’s health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers. Beginning in January, that income threshold will be lowered to 100 percent, roughly $23,000 a year for that family of four.

Virginia Alvino

This week we’re taking a look at changes to Indiana's health care system under the Affordable Care Act. Now that the exchange is up and running, we’ll look at what resources are availble to help consumers sign-up for exchanges, and navigate the new system. 

Exchange plans are intended for people who either don’t have a job, or an affordable insurance option from their employer.

This week we’re taking a look at changes to Indiana's health care system under the Affordable Care Act. Now that the exchange is up and running, we’ll see what the process of signing up for an exchange plan is like. is the place to be in Indiana if you’re looking for one of the new exchange plans. First you’ll go through the basics of creating an account – provide some basic info, pick a user name and password, and then you can start your marketplace application.

Virginia Alvino

The federal government is rolling out one of the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act this week, as mandated health insurance exchanges open their digital doors Oct. 1.

All this week we’ll be walking through some of the practical implications of Indiana’s exchange.

We continue with a look at what the exchange actually is, what it does, and who should use it.