Affordable Care Act

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Tens of thousands of people across Indiana are waiting on the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the fate of their federal health insurance subsidies.

The Supreme Court will rule within the next several days on a lawsuit claiming the Affordable Care Act doesn’t allow enrollees in states that chose not to operate state-run health care exchanges to access subsidies that reduce the cost of insurance. 

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The U.S. Supreme Court threw out an appeals court decision on Monday that denied the University of Notre Dame’s religious objections to the contraception requirement of the Affordable Care Act.

Expert Says Opposition To Obamacare Waning

Mar 3, 2015
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A top Indiana medical ethicist says the latest Supreme Court challenges to the Affordable Care Act may fizzle out.

IUPUI law professor David Orentlicher, who also holds a medical degree from Harvard, says the longer the law remains in effect, the more people receive healthcare coverage and get used to having it.

Therefore, he adds, the more difficult it becomes to repeal.

Just Days Left To Sign Up For Marketplace Insurance

Feb 9, 2015
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The deadline is rapidly approaching to sign up for a Marketplace insurance plan.

Feb. 15 is the last day for enrollment for 2015 coverage.

Cara James, director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with the Department of Health and Human Services, says more than 174,000 Hoosiers have signed up so far at healthcare.gov, and the majority have received financial assistance.

Repealing The Affordable Care Act Could Eliminate HIP 2.0

Feb 4, 2015
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Indiana’s Republican congressional delegation is expected to vote this week in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act — only a week after applauding federal approval of HIP 2.0.

A repeal of President Obama’s signature health care law could have consequences for Indiana’s recent expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan.

“Technically speaking, if the Affordable Care Act were to be repealed, then the federal funding for HIP 2.0 would go away with it,” Seth Freedman, associate professor at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs says.

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The new Republican Congress will be sworn in Tuesday, and a Hoosier-authored change to the federal health care law will be the first agenda item.   

The House plans to vote Thursday on a bill to roll back the health care law‘s redefinition of full-time work as 30 hours a week.

Indiana Congressman Todd Young (R-9th) is co-authoring the bill for a second straight Congress. He estimates the change would cost part-time workers $75 billion in lost earnings.

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The estimated 600,000 people in Indiana without health-care coverage have an opportunity to shop for plans when the Indiana Health Insurance Marketplace opens for business on Saturday. It's the second enrollment period for the marketplace, created as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Kathleen Falk, regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services, said residents have many more options because the number of insurers for 2015 has jumped from four to nine.

Doctor Licensing Plan Could Help Rural Indiana

Sep 25, 2014
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A new plan to allow multi-state licensing for physicians could help fill the gap in areas of Indiana without enough health-care services. If at least seven state legislatures agree to what's known as a multi-state compact, a licensed doctor could easily get permission to practice medicine in any of the compact states.

Kevin Bohnenblust, executive director of the Wyoming State Board of Medicine, helped design the multi-state system and said the compact would be especially useful for bringing specialists from a big city to a rural area with a small number of patients.

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Governor Mike Pence says he stands by his decision not to operate a state-run health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. 

Two federal appeals courts Tuesday ruled on cases involving insurance subsidies in the Affordable Care Act.  A Washington D.C. circuit court ruled that the federal government cannot provide subsidies for more than four million Americans—including more than 100,000 Hoosiers-- who purchased insurance through federally-run healthcare exchanges. 

Just a few hours later, an appeals court in Virginia ruled in favor of the Obama administration. 

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Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) wants the Affordable Care Act to be an election issue next year. He’s pushing for a delay in the individual enrollment mandate, which has a March 31st deadline and carries tax penalties for not signing up for health insurance.

Coats thinks the more exposure Americans have to the law, the less they like it.

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