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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. 

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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.

Health insurance plans changing at Purdue

Jul 15, 2013

Purdue is moving forward with new health plans for next year. The Audit and Insurance Committee of the board of trustees gave the proposal initial approval, which is designed to save money, but offer the same level of care.

The new plans are a traditional PPO and two high-deductible plans with a health savings account.

Benefits Manager Eva Nodine says the biggest change is the elimination of the Co-Pay option. She says those on that plan now will be able to save money by moving to one of the high-deductible plans.

Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) is drumming up support of a bill he says will help part-time workers and their employers.

He worked with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) on a bill that defines a full-time employee as one who works 40 hours.

Donnelly says the Affordable Care Act uses 30 hours, and that has caused businesses to cut part-time workers’ hours.

Purdue employees to pay more for health care

Oct 11, 2012

Purdue’s medical plan budget for this year is expected to be $163 million and the university is forecasting a 7% increase for next year. As a result, employees will see insurance premiums go up as well.

Employees in the Copay plan will see premiums increase 30%, the Incentive plan’s premiums will rise 25%, and there will be a 15% increase in the Choice plan’s premiums.

Smokers will have to pay a $500 surcharge next year, unless they take part in a certified cessation program. This year’s fee for tobacco users is $250.

More money allocated for county employee raises

Sep 21, 2012

Tippecanoe County employees are getting more of a raise than first expected.

The county is setting aside $1.1-million to pay employees more.

Originally the plan was for $750,000, but the county agreed to $350,000 more by reducing health insurance expenses.

Auditor Jennifer Weston says there are enough reserves in that fund, because of over budgeting in past years, to prevent any increase in premiums.

The general fund budget for 2013 is expected to be about $38.5-million.

That is an increase of .61-percent from last year.

Purdue employees who smoke and are covered under a university health insurance plan will pay a higher premium next year.

Currently, tobacco users pay an additional $250 for health care.

In 2013, that amount will double to $500.

The premium can be waived if a tobacco cessation program is completed and approved by November 16th.

University officials say all employees will pay more for health insurance in 2013, although the increase will vary depending on the plan.

The Board of Trustees will set the medical plan rates at its October 12th meeting.

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