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The number of people enrolled for health insurance from the public exchange is up this year. About 175,000 of those are Hoosiers. 

Sylvia Burwell says about 2 million more people are enrolled this year nationwide.

Burwell says about 8 million more people are enrolled this year nationwide.This number is from 6.4 million last year.

She says enrollment traffic jumped sharply last week.

"At our busiest period, we had 11 consumers enrolling every second," she says.

The deadline was extended to accommodate traffic.

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An Indiana University health policy expert says insurance companies might deal a big blow to Obamacare.

Last week, UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurer, said it might withdraw from the Affordable Care Act's health exchanges after next year if it was unable to turn around what it calls huge financial losses.

While state and federal exchanges only make up a small percentage of the company's business, United says it will lose $700-million on them this year and next.

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Executives with Indianapolis-based Anthem have given their first interviews about the deal that will make the health insurance company the largest in America, following a $54 billion deal to merge with rival company Cigna.

The companies announced the agreement Friday morning, after a year of sometimes-contentious negotiations. The purchase price represents about $34 a share above Connecticut-based Cigna's current value.

Anthem says the merger will allow the combined company to save $2 billion in operating costs while reining in the costs of care.

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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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It’s been more than a month since the personal information of 80 million Anthem insurance customers was compromised in a data breach.  Since then, people have been watching their credit information.

But it’s also tax season… and Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports that employees at Indiana universities -- many of whom are insured by Anthem -- say they’re rushing to file taxes before identity thieves file in their names.

Purdue Staff Affected By Autism To Get New Benefits

Jan 28, 2015
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On Monday, the Purdue Faculty Senate heard an impassioned and tearful resolution from chemical engineering professor Steve Beaudoin  asking the school to include better treatment for people with autism-spectrum disorders in its health plan.

When President Mitch Daniels announced the change would be made, a cheer went up from a dozen assembled supporters and Beaudoin thrust his fist in the air at the prospect of ending what’s been a two-year long fight for him and his family.

WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski interviewed Beaudoin shortly after he made his emotional speech.

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The Indiana Department of Insurance is warning people purchasing health care on the federal marketplace to be on the lookout for scammers. 

Open enrollment in the federal marketplace known as Healthcare.gov began earlier this month.  More than a hundred thousand Hoosiers enrolled last year. 

Department of Insurance Chief Actuary Karl Knable says people re-enrolling or seeking insurance on the marketplace for the first time should be alert about potential scams. 

West Lafayette Budget Offers Raises, Forecasts Big Insurance Increase

Aug 4, 2014
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The West Lafayette City Council will take a first vote on the proposed 2015 budget Monday night.

The $19.2 million dollar spending plan represents a nearly a 4.5-percent increase from the current year.

It includes a 2-percent pay hike for city employees.

Clerk-Treasurer Judy Rhodes says the biggest cost drivers in the new plan are providing services to areas the city annexed last year and an anticipated 10-percent increase in health care costs.

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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. 

An Indiana House Democrat says Governor Pence and Attorney General Zoeller have to back down from the state’s lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. 

That provision of the ACA requires employers with 50 or more employees who work at least 30 hours a week to provide health insurance or pay fines.  Fifteen Indiana school corporations joined the state in filing a lawsuit against the IRS and other federal agencies.  The suit says the employer mandate shouldn’t apply to state governments and public school corporations.

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