health care

Department of Veterans Affairs /

U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald says his department is making progress in rebuilding trust lost in last year’s scandal involving manipulated wait times and falsified waiting lists. 

In a visit to Indiana Thursday, McDonald said the disability claims backlog has been reduced by 80-percent in the last couple of years, and the VA has completed more than seven million more appointments this year than last year. 

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

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. 

Gretchen Frazee / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Ask Republican legislative leaders how they’re feeling after the governor announced that, after months of negotiations, Indiana would expand healthcare coverage for its working poor, you’ll get essentially the same answer:

"It’s a really big day for Indiana,” says House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis).

Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) called it "a remarkable achievement for Indiana.” 

“Oh, very exciting; great day for Indiana,” says House Public Health Committee Chair Ed Clere (R-New Albany).

Cost Of Aging Hits Religious Orders Particularly Hard

Dec 3, 2014
Gretchen Frazee / Indiana Public Broadcasting

As the Baby Boomer generation ages, younger Americans are having to provide for their elders. 

That trend can also be seen within religious institutions such as monasteries and convents…but there, it’s more pronounced.

That’s putting a strain on congregations’ budgets and prompting some nuns to seek creative ways to provide for their aging sisters.

Read the full story here.

courtesy Dan Coats

U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) says the Republican Party’s capture of the Senate will make all the difference for his party -- if lawmakers handle their new leadership the right way.

Coats says Republicans have been incredibly frustrated the last few years as bills sent from the GOP-controlled House were blocked by a Democratic majority in the Senate, often without debate. 

The Hoosier Senator says the victories won in this month’s election can allow the GOP to advance its alternatives to President Obama’s proposals.

State of Indiana

The Pence Administration is seeking a waiver to replace Indiana’s Medicaid program with a new version of the Healthy Indiana Plan. 

Speaking at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis Thursday, Governor Pence unveiled a new state-sponsored health care plan that would cover Hoosiers who earn up to 138-percent of the federal poverty limit.

Like the original Healthy Indiana Plan, HIP 2.0 asks individuals to pay into a health savings account. Those who do will be eligible for a new top tier plan called HIP PLUS.

Purdue trustees approve health plan changes

Jul 19, 2013

Purdue employees will have a little more than three months to figure out their health care options for next year.

The Board of Trustees approved three new plan options – a PPO and two high-deductible plans with health savings accounts. As an incentive to get more employees into those consumer-driven plans, the university will contribute money to their health savings account.

President Mitch Daniels says he uses one as a university employee and thinks that’s the best option for keeping costs down.

Former U.S. surgeon general speaks at Purdue

Mar 27, 2013
Photo provided by Purdue University

A former U.S. surgeon general thinks three things are needed for people to be healthy.

Dr. David Satcher says those are individual support, community involvement and good public policy. He outlined those points during a talk at Purdue Tuesday night.

Satcher says schools can play a major part in fighting the childhood obesity epidemic.

“We now know that children who are physically active and eat breakfast learn better. We can even document what happens to the brain when children are physically active.”

Democratic state lawmakers are proposing legislation that would expand the state’s Medicaid program and establish a state-run healthcare exchange.  While Medicaid expansion remains somewhat of an open question, GOP lawmakers say a state exchange won’t happen, at least for now.

The federal Affordable Care Act mandates the creation of healthcare exchanges. Those would be a type of marketplace for insurance companies and consumers in each state.  The exchanges can either be run by the state, the federal government, or a collaboration between the two.

Montgomery Co. & Crawfordsville collaborations

Jan 7, 2013

Officials in Montgomery County are changing the make-up of the Visitor’s Bureau. County commissioners voted to allow the City of Crawfordsville to make three of the seven appointments to the bureau board.

Commission President Phil Bane says the change means better oversight of the innkeeper’s tax.

"Every person that stays in a hotel in Montgomery County, or motel, there's a tax. In Montgomery County it's 3% of the total room charge that comes in. It amounts to more than $200,000 per year that comes into the county coffers."