Medicaid

Rule To Include Drugs Prices In Ads Challenged

Jun 19, 2019

Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly is challenging a new federal rule that would require drug companies to include prices in TV ads.

Reducing high drug prices is one of President Donald Trump’s priorities, and the move for more transparency through advertising was announced last year. 

The state of Indiana has proposed a new program to help transition people from Indiana’s Medicaid expansion program, HIP 2.0, to commercial health insurance. If approved, the HIP Workforce Bridge program will be the first of its kind.

Funding For Doulas Cut Out Of Budget

Apr 25, 2019
Sen. Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis) is the bill's author. She says the legislature was more focused on limiting women's access to health care than reducing infant mortality. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

A bill to cover doulas under Medicaid passed the Indiana legislature and was signed into law. The money for the measure, however, was stripped out of the budget in the last days of session.

This week, lawmakers renew a gun debate. A House panel advances electric scooter regulations. And Republicans block an expansion of absentee voting. 

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Lawmakers Face Tight Budget After New Revenue Forecast

Dec 17, 2018
State fiscal analysts present the State Budget Committee with a new revenue forecast. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A new state revenue forecast gave lawmakers good news and bad news Monday. The good news: Indiana will have more than $800 million in new money for the next state budget.

Health leaders at a roundtable discussion agreed Medicaid programs are benefitting the state. The meeting Friday focused on ways the different programs help nearly one in five Hoosiers.

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.

Students Urge Donnelly To Defund Planned Parenthood

Sep 21, 2017

A student anti-abortion group made a stop at U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s (D-Ind.) office. They want Donnelly to support the latest push to repeal the Affordable Care Act which includes a provision to defund Planned Parenthood.

Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins says Donnelly calls himself pro-life.

“Then voting against funding the single largest abortion vendor in our country should be a very, very easy decision,” she says.

Activist Rally To Oppose 2018 Federal Budget

Aug 31, 2017

Faith leaders and community activists gathered Wednesday evening to rally against the federal budget soon up for consideration in Congress. The group is worried about deep cuts to federal health care programs.

Members of Congress will return to Washington next week to consider the 2018 budget.  And about 250 people who attended an Indianapolis rally urged them to reject plans to slash health care spending over the next decade. The Rev. Derrick Slack is one of the attendees.

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Indiana’s Medicaid will soon cover methadone treatment for people suffering from opioid addiction. That could mean more people seeking treatment, and savings for people already receiving it.

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