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Chamber Priority Bill Provides Unemployment Insurance Solution; Health Care Matters Take Center Stage

By Mike Ripley, vice president of health care policy and employment law During the Great Recession from 2007-2011, the state paid out on average $1.1 billion per year in unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, with 2009 being the worst year with more than $1.8 billion in benefits paid. In 2011, the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation that put all employers [...]

2020-03-27T15:02:58-04:00March 27th, 2020|

Final Sprint: Where Key Bills Stand

The 2020 Indiana legislative session is in the home stretch with an end date coming as early as Wednesday. A collection of business-related bills crossed the finish line this week and are headed to the Governor’s desk. Others are bound for conference committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions. Meanwhile, we are pushing for language from [...]

2020-03-06T12:30:07-05:00March 6th, 2020|

Senate Version of ‘Gag Clause’ Heard in House Public Health Committee

SB 5 – Health Provider Contracts Authored by Sen Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) Prohibits health provider contracts from including provisions that prohibit providers from disclosing health care service claims data to employers providing the coverage. States that a violation by the issuer by including a contrary provision in a health care provider contract is an unfair or deceptive act or [...]

2020-02-14T13:48:57-05:00February 14th, 2020|

TOP STORY: House Republicans Kill Their Own Health Care Agenda Bill

HB 1005 – Health and Insurance Matters Authored by Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) Provides that a facility is an off-campus location of a hospital if: (1) the operations of the facility are directly or indirectly owned or controlled by, or affiliated with, the hospital; (2) the facility provides services that are organizationally and functionally integrated with the services of [...]

2020-02-07T13:38:26-05:00February 7th, 2020|

Trio of Health Care Bills Feature Pharmacy Benefit Managers, Provider ‘Gag Clause’ and Emotional Testimony Over Mandate

Senate Health Committee Hears Bill to Regulate Pharmacy Benefit Managers SB 3 – Benefit Managers Regulation Authored by Sen. Liz Brown (R-Fort Wayne) Requires that a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) – a company that manages prescription drug benefits on behalf of health insurers – obtain a license issued by the Department of Insurance. Sets forth requirements of the pharmacy [...]

2020-01-24T14:28:27-05:00January 24th, 2020|

Dueling ‘Surprise Billing’ Bills Heard Same Time in Two Committees

HB 1004 – Out-of-Network Billing for Health Care Services Authored by Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) Prohibits a patient from being billed an amount that exceeds the in-network rates paid by the patient’s insurance plus any deductibles, co-payments and co-insurance amounts when the service is provided at an in-network facility. The bill also allows an amount greater than the in-network [...]

2020-01-17T12:45:23-05:00January 17th, 2020|

Health Care: Insurance Mandate and Health Care Transparency Bills Heard and Held in Committee

SB 97 – Insurance Drug Coverage Authored by Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) Prohibits a state employee health plan, a policy of accident and sickness insurance, or a health maintenance organization from modifying an enrollee's coverage of a drug during the plan year. Chamber position: Oppose The latest: The bill was held by the chair of the Senate Health and Provider Services [...]

2020-01-10T13:51:21-05:00January 10th, 2020|

Indiana Chamber’s Annual Legislative Preview With Caucus Leaders Set for November 18

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Hoosiers can find out what Indiana legislators and the business community view as top priorities for the upcoming General Assembly session during the 2020 Indiana Chamber of Commerce Legislative Preview on November 18. Held at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, attendees will hear from legislative caucus leaders during the hour-long panel discussion and Q&A. The Indiana Chamber also will [...]

2019-10-11T09:13:47-04:00October 10th, 2019|

Reid Health: Gains National ‘Most Wired’ Recognition (Richmond)

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced this week Reid Health and Reid Health Physician Associates have earned "2019 CHIME HealthCare's Most Wired" Special Recognition awards. Reid Health was one of eight hospitals in Indiana recognized, and RHPA practices were one of only two ambulatory groups cited in the state. The Most Wired program conducts an annual survey [...]

2019-09-27T14:33:47-04:00September 26th, 2019|

Indiana Chamber Teams With Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to Bring ‘Game-Changing’ Health Care Plans to Small Businesses

(INDIANAPOLIS) — The ChamberCare Health Alliance is the next evolution in a 15-year partnership between the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Thousands of organizations and their workers have benefitted from a series of ChamberCare health insurance offerings. The introduction of the Alliance and its MEWA (multiple employer welfare arrangement) allows small businesses with between [...]

2019-08-20T11:51:50-04:00August 20th, 2019|