health care

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."

Trauma is the number one killer of Hoosiers under the age of 45. That includes deaths from falls and vehicle accidents.

The Indiana State Department of Health Trauma Care Committee has an effort underway to the lower that statistic.

Purdue is taking a three-prong approach to controlling health care costs.

Vice President for Human Resources Luis Lewin says the first part is opening an on-site health and wellness clinic for employees in February. He says the goal is to have an integrated health approach.

"We want the clinic to handle primary care and urgent care. We also want to provide other approaches to health, such as a dietician, nutritionist, health coaches, the help people with lifestyle changes and help employees navigate the community medical services, organizations and providers."

A center serving the uninsured and underinsured in Lafayette is moving its primary care services down the street.

Riggs Community Health Center will operate prenatal, adult health, women’s health and pediatric care out of a renovated 28,000 square foot facility on South Street.

The building is the old Woman’s Health Clinic, but Riggs received more than $3.5 million in federal money to revitalize it.

Riggs CEO Veronique LeBlanc hopes to have it open in October. She says primary care services are currently run out of its Hartford Street facility. 

Panel to Discuss Health Care and Debt Issues

Apr 2, 2012

A health policy expert at Purdue says the goal of a forum on campus tomorrow (Tue) is to break down the complexities of the country’s health care system.

Political Science Professor Bert Rockman says he and other panelists will try to take a bi-partisan approach in discussing the topic.

He says the hope is to come up with solutions that serve the nation’s greater good.

Rockman says for the economy to truly recover there must be some resolution in stabilizing health care costs.

So you know how on Monday the federal government reported that the $2.6 trillion the nation spent on health care in 2010 translated into just over $8,400 per person?

Well, a different study just released by a separate federal agency shows that second number doesn't actually mean very much.

People without health insurance don't get enough preventive care — simple but important things like vaccinations and blood tests.

But surely having insurance every now and then is better than none at all, because people can get caught up on their tests when they are covered, right?

That's a widely held view, and one that would be good news to the millions of people who go on and off health insurance each year. Some of them are losing or changing jobs. Others slide on and off Medicaid as they take on temporary work, marry or divorce.

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