Affordable Care Act

MUNSTER - Indiana State Representative Mara Candelaria Reardon is highly concerned about the future of womens' access to contraceptives.  She says women's health is being used as a political football and as a tool to enable President Trump to keep his promises to his
religious supporters.

U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) is touting a couple provisions he helped get into a federal spending deal expected to pass Congress this week.

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. 

It’s open enrollment season for the health insurance marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act, or ACA. But many people who need to sign up may not know it.

New Study Focuses On Hidden Healthcare Costs

Sep 26, 2019

A new study conducted by Indiana researchers examines the relationship between industry payments to providers and higher health care costs. 

Number Of Uninsured Hoosiers Ticks Up

Sep 11, 2019

The number of uninsured people in Indiana followed a national trend and increased between 2017 and 2018. About 9,000 fewer Hoosiers have health insurance, the rate went up from 8.2 to 8.3 percent, according to the data from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Tallian For Attorney General

OGDEN DUNES - State Senator Karen Tallian is running for Indiana Attorney General.  She said the main factor that help make her decision was the current Indiana Attorney General's decision to join in the lawsuit to overturn health care.
 
"Doing that would put thousands of people either without healthcare or without care for preexisting conditions and I just, I don't think that's right," Tallian says. "So I think the AG should be the advocate for people, for consumer protection and not trying to take away healthcare."

A new bill written by Democrats in the Indiana Senate would protect pre-existing condition coverage for Hoosiers if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. The provision is one of the most popular parts of the law, which was ruled unconstitutional last week.

ACA Decision Won't Impact Hoosiers, For Now

Dec 17, 2018

Indiana was one of 20 states involved in the lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The ruling will not impact Hoosier health care right now.

Midwest Voters Weigh In On Pot, The ACA And More

Nov 7, 2018
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Health care was a big campaign issue across the Midwest, and Tuesday's election results were mixed. Among the winners: medical marijuana.

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.

Verma Promotes Medicare Changes In Indianapolis

Oct 22, 2018
CMS Administrator Seema Verma visited a senior living facility in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
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Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, was in Indianapolis to promote changes to Medicare.  

Medicare open enrollment started last week.  Verma says new options include more plans and new supplemental benefits. 

Biden Campaigns With Donnelly In Northwest Indiana

Oct 13, 2018

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) sought a big endorsement Friday night, having former Vice President Joe Biden stump for him Hammond. Donnelly is in a tight race with Republican challenger Mike Braun.

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.  

A Texas federal judge’s ruling could mean Indiana will get back nearly $100 million dollars from the federal government. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
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A Texas federal judge’s ruling this week could mean Indiana will get back nearly $100 million from the federal government.

The lawsuit centers on fees paid through the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

The ACA requires all health insurance providers to pay a fee – it’s in part how the law funds itself. The law also says states don’t have to pay it.

Donnelly, Braun Talk Health Care On Campaign Trail

Aug 3, 2018
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Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) talked about health care on the campaign trail Friday as he makes his pitch for re-election.

Activists Call For Hill To Withdraw From ACA Lawsuit

Jul 27, 2018
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Local health care advocates want Attorney General Curtis Hill to withdraw the state from a lawsuit that aims to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

The advocates delivered letters and a 600-signature petition to Hill’s office Friday.

Even though at least one of the companies providing Affordable Care Act insurance in Indiana temporarily saves money from a recent Trump administration move, company officials say the decision create more questions about the future of health coverage for Hoosiers.

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.

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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Lauren Chapman

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.

Azar Nominated For HHS Secretary

Nov 13, 2017

President Donald Trump announced the nomination of a former Eli Lilly executive as Health and Human Services Secretary Monday. Alex Azar is the latest Hoosier headed to Washington for a post in the federal health sector.

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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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