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Will Obamacare Survive?

The answer largely depends on what the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decides in the coming months. Earlier this month, on July 9, this court in New Orleans heard arguments on a case that could upend the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA). This threat was filed by a group of 20 red states, including Indiana, in [...]

2019-07-22T11:47:24-04:00July 22nd, 2019|

Quick Hits on E-Cigarettes, Mandates, Occupational Safety and Health Fine, Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Senate Bill 162 (Chronic Pain Management), authored by Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper), was amended on second reading this week to better define chronic pain. While it’s not what we would call a good bill, it has been changed to where it is about as good as we are going to get it (it’s still a mandate, however, which we [...]

2019-04-12T14:25:18-04:00April 12th, 2019|

Worker’s Comp Benefit Increase Seems Dead; E-Cigarette Tax and Wage Assignment Bills on Hold; Substance Misuse Program Follow-up

House Bill 1182 (Worker’s Compensation), authored by Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne), achieved final passage this week with a successful concurrence vote along party lines, 65-29. This Chamber-supported bill does two important things: 1) clarifies who is responsible for worker’s compensation for volunteer firefighters (it’s not employers but the fire department); and 2) increases the burial amount an employer must [...]

2019-04-05T13:02:01-04:00April 5th, 2019|

Quick Hits: Hopeful Signals on Smoking Age Increase; School Accountability, Data Center Tax Exemption and Death-on-the-Job Penalty All Clear the House

Senate Bill 425 (Minimum Age to Purchase Tobacco and E-Liquids), authored by Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport), did not receive a hearing in the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee before the deadline, but there is still room for optimism. The Chamber priority bill – previously passed via the Senate Health Committee – would have raised the legal age for [...]

2019-02-22T12:58:15-04:00February 22nd, 2019|

Health Care Cost Sharing Bill Heard in House Insurance

House Bill 1307 – Health Care Service Cost Sharing Authored by Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) Requires a state employee health plan, a policy of accident and sickness insurance, and a contract with a health maintenance organization to provide coverage for treatment of ectodermal dysplasia. Chamber Position: Oppose The Latest: Representative Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne), House Insurance Committee chairman, held [...]

2019-02-15T14:14:32-04:00February 15th, 2019|

Quick Hits: Meeting With U.S. Sen. Mike Braun; Wage Assignment Bill Pulled, While Meaningful School Accountability Moves On

On the federal front – On February 11, the Indiana Chamber’s Greg Ellis and Jeff Brantley met with U.S. Sen. Mike Braun in his Indianapolis office. The Chamber highlighted key issues that its membership has identified. Some of those issues include the continued concern over tariffs/trade, the negative impacts of a medical device tax and general tax issues. Senator [...]

2019-02-15T14:08:27-04:00February 15th, 2019|