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It’s open enrollment season for the health insurance marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act. But many people who need to sign up may not know it. The Trump administration has made a number of moves to diminish the law, including cuts to marketing and outreach. That creates obstacles for groups that help people sign up. 

Election 2018: Health Care Is Huge Issue In Midwest

Nov 2, 2018
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Across the Midwest, health care has emerged as one of the year’s biggest campaign flash points — in races from U.S. Senate to state attorney general.

ACA Marketplace Enrollment Opens In Indiana

Oct 31, 2018

The individual marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, ACA, is open Wednesday. Although there have been some changes to the federal program, Hoosiers who need health insurance, will have options.

Protect Our Care Bus Tour Makes Indiana Stops

Oct 2, 2018

A coalition of groups working to preserve the Affordable Care Act, ACA, has two stops in Indiana on its first nationwide bus tour this week.  

ACA Rates Up For Hoosiers On The Marketplace

Jun 22, 2018

Hoosiers who buy insurance on the insurance marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act can expect higher premiums next year. 

Proposed ACA Changes Meet Opposition

Jun 15, 2018
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The Affordable Care Act, ACA, is back in the spotlight after the U.S. Department of Justice said it will not defend parts of the law including pre-existing condition coverage.  In Indiana, opposition to the proposed changes is growing.

Study Examines ACA Impact On Cognitive Impairment

Apr 12, 2018

An Indiana researcher co-authored the first study to look at whether or not an annual wellness visit improves the detection of cognitive impairment. 

Health Needs Survey Headed To Hoosiers

Apr 2, 2018
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Many Hospital systems around the state have partnered to survey more than 80,000 households about their healthcare needs. The survey starts this week and Community Health Network hopes it can help improve service and identify factors that lead to poor health.

The My Community Health Needs Assessment survey will target communities across 39 counties in Indiana. 

Breastfeeding Boost Attributed To Affordable Care Act

Mar 29, 2018
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An Indiana University researcher says there was a significant increase in the number of children breastfed and the recent study links the increase to the Affordable Care Act, or ACA.

Weighing The Legal Odds Of The Latest ACA Challenge

Mar 5, 2018
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Indiana’s Attorney General Curtis Hill has joined 19 other states in a legal challenge against the Affordable Care Act. Experts say some parts of the argument may be more legally effective than others.

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Indiana’s Attorney General Curtis Hill is one of 20 state officials lobbing a new attack at the Affordable Care Act.

If successful, the lawsuit could mean the end of federal support for Indiana’s Medicaid expansion, which is funded through the Affordable Care Act.

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The federal government has granted a one-month extension to Indiana’s Medicaid program, known as the Healthy Indiana Plan, or HIP 2.0, which was set to expire this month.

This buys time for the state and federal government to finalize details of how the program works, according to a press release from Gov. Eric Holcomb's office. 

Hoosiers Numbers Up As ACA Enrollment Ends

Dec 14, 2017

Friday marks the last day Hoosiers can sign up for health insurance coverage in the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace.

A flux of people enrolled when the open enrollment started Nov. 1 despite a cut in promotional material.

The enrollment period was shorter this year as President Donald Trump scaled back parts of the Obama-era federal law. Still, early numbers show about 79,000 Hoosiers had picked a plan on the healthcare.gov website through last week. That’s compared to about 71,000 at the same time last year.

It’s the last week for open enrollment on the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace as the window closes Dec. 15. Health insurance experts say it’s business as usual despite a number of changes that have caused some confusion this year.

A shortened enrollment period is the most obvious difference for people signing up on the Marketplace this year. Reduced promotion and federal fighting over repeal of the law has added to uncertainty says Care Source Indiana’s Steve Smitherman.

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Employees of the University of Notre Dame will still have access to no cost birth control after the end of the year through a third party provider.

Notre Dame announced last week it would no longer provide coverage to employees. Their health care provider, Meritain Health, announced it will continue to offer the coverage at no cost to plan members.

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Nov. 1 marks the first day of 2018 open enrollment, the period in which people can sign up for insurance through healthcare.gov. The Affordable Care Act has been through the legislative wringer this year, and there are plenty of changes this period for people buying insurance on the marketplace. WFIU’s Becca Costello and Side Effects’ Sarah Fentem answer some open enrollment questions — with the help of some policy experts.

Cancer continues to be a leading cause of death for middle-aged Americans but the number of people seeking care for the disease is increasing.

A newly published paper in JAMA Oncology was co-authored by Indiana University professor Kosali Simon, who says the Affordable Care Act is to thank for an overall 33 percent decline in uninsured new cancer patients.

She says the study begs questions about when a diagnosis is made.

The White House announced late Thursday night the federal government will no longer provide cost sharing reductions for Affordable Care Act insurance plans. Indiana insurers — at least the two still left on the exchange — had been bracing for the news.

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The GOP’s latest Obamacare overhaul proposal could significantly reduce funding for state Medicaid programs and turn expansion plans — including Indiana’s HIP 2.0 — on their heads.

U.S. Senate Republicans will try once again to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The new legislation would by some estimates cost nearly 500,000 Hoosiers their health care coverage and cut off hundreds of millions in federal funds to the state.

Chris Smalliege has attended numerous events to save health care outside of U.S. Sen. Todd Young’s (R-Ind.) office in Indianapolis over the past few months.

“I mean even Congress is feeling ACA fatigue right now,” Smalliege says. “We all are. We’d like this to end.”

This week, Republicans in Congress will try to rally votes behind a bill that proposes major changes to the way Americans get health care and how much they pay. In Indiana, thousands of Hoosiers could be affected. Use this Q&A to explore how the bill would affect you.

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As Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell works to drum up votes for his health care bill in Congress, people in his home state worry about what they could lose if the bill passes.

Indiana health insurers will file their 2018 rates this week for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace but uncertainty about the future of health care reform may play into price and availability for the roughly 150,000 Hoosiers in the system.

Beverly Knight is self-employed. She was able to have a double knee-surgery because she is covered under the ACA.  She’s worried about rate hikes.

“If President Trump’s plan to sabotage the ACA succeeds, and premiums skyrocket as many expect, hundreds of Hoosier families, including mine, will be devastated,” Knight says.

A record number of stakeholders from around Indiana met to learn about the state’s progress and challenges in the field of mental health and addiction.

Indiana’s annual Mental Health Symposium began 20 years ago. Indiana University Institute of Psychiatric Research director John Nurnberger helped organize from the start. He says while there’s greater mental health awareness in Indiana – stigma is still a major barrier.

The Indiana Democratic Party says a Congressional vote to repeal and replace Obamacare takes health care away from millions just to fulfill a political promise.

The Republican health care bill includes a trillion dollar tax cut – mostly for wealthier Americans – and cuts billions in government spending. And U.S. Rep. Luke Messer (R-Shelbyville), speaking on the House floor, says, most importantly, it repeals Obamacare.

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A newly-released report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicts 24 million people will lose insurance coverage if the proposed GOP Obamacare replacement passes.

That could have an effect on more than 500,000 Hoosiers.

State Seeks Three-Year Renewal Of HIP 2.0

Jan 31, 2017

Indiana announced it wants the federal government to renew HIP 2.0, the state’s Medicaid expansion program, for three years.

Indiana received a waiver in 2015 to create its own version of Medicaid expansion, HIP 2.0. The program requires people to make monthly contributions to health savings accounts, known as POWER accounts. The current waiver expires a year from now; the state wants to extend that through January 2021.

ACA Supporters Rally At Statehouse

Jan 31, 2017

The rally at the Indiana Statehouse was part of a national “save my care” bus tour sponsored by proponents of the landmark health-care law.

Former U.S. Rep. Baron Hill voted for the ACA in 2010 and says Republicans who now want to replace the Affordable Care Act, ACA, can’t keep its popular parts without keeping the requirement that everyone buy insurance.

Indiana’s new governor, Eric Holcomb, vowed to tackle the state’s drug addiction epidemic in his first State of the State address on Tuesday. But he has also said he supports Congress’s plans to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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Approximately 1,000 Hoosiers showed up in Indianapolis Sunday to protest congressional efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The rally was organized by a coalition of local and state-wide organizations, including Planned Parenthood, the Indiana Democratic Party and the state chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.

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