health insurance

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

More than 3 million Americans lost access to employer-sponsored health insurance during the summer months of the pandemic, according to a recent study by the nonprofit Urban Institute. But researchers say the numbers could have been much worse.

House Passes Health Care Transparency Database Bill

Mar 4, 2020

House lawmakers moved forward with a bill Tuesday aimed at increasing the transparency of health care costs in the state.

Many Indiana farmers want more health care options. On Wednesday, they got closer to that goal. An Indiana Senate committee approved a bill that would allow the state farm bureau to offer a group health plan including sole proprietors.

Why This Free Health Clinic Is Pushing To Expand Medicaid

Jan 10, 2020

On a chilly afternoon, Terry Cox has come to Mountain View, Mo., to see a dentist. He’s waiting on a bench outside a converted rectory.

“Came to get a tooth check and see what they got to do to it," Cox says. "Maybe get ‘em all out.”

The 56-year-old works in northern Arkansas, and drove an hour and a half to the Good Samaritan Care Clinic.

A public health committee charged with understanding high health care costs heard about pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, Thursday at the statehouse. 

Number Of Unisured Hoosiers Ticks Up

Sep 14, 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. 

Indiana Health Goals Fall Short In Economic Report

Jun 12, 2019

Indiana has made strides in a plan to improve the state’s economic outlook but a number of health measures could be holding back progress.

Last year the federal government rolled back rules that restricted short-term health insurance plans. These plans do not have to comply with protections under the Affordable Care Act, including pre-existing conditions.

Employer-based Health Costs Continue To Rise

Dec 11, 2018

The total out-of-pocket costs for Hoosiers with employer-based health insurance has doubled in the past decade.  A new analysis focuses on policies that could help improve affordability. 

Jae Lee / WBAA News

Purdue University is a $2 billion a year industry, so from time to time in our monthly conversations with President Mitch Daniels, we have to talk about money.

This month, we ask whether the huge marketing budget for online enterprise Purdue Global – some estimate it’s close to $100 million – is potentially stepping on the marketing budgets of other Purdue programs.

Emilie Syberg / WBAA

Purdue University employees gathered Wednesday to speak out against recently proposed changes to the school’s health insurance benefits. The plans included ending insurance coverage for some spouses whose employers cover upwards of 50-percent of their coverage. That decision has since been reversed. But attendees’ concerns were wide-ranging, and there’s no answer yet on whether that policy will return in the future.

Purdue Announces No Changes To Spousal Coverage For Now

Oct 23, 2018

Outcry from Purdue University employees has led the school to put a stop to a controversial policy change that would have excluded the spouses of some employees from receiving health benefits.

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)
Brandon Smith

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.

Activists Call For Hill To Withdraw From ACA Lawsuit

Jul 27, 2018
Protect Our Care Indiana spokesperson Kate Shepherd calls for Indiana to withdraw from a lawsuit that seeks to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Alongside her is Rob Stone, a Bloomington physician and director of Hoosiers For A Commonsense Health Plan. (
Brandon Smith

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.

Pages