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Federal Medicaid plan expanded to cover more Indiana residents

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Hoosiers may finally get to benefit from the expanded Medicaid coverage included as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as the ACA or Obamacare, that was passed into law back in March of 2010. Besides the well-known health insurance mandate, under which all residents were required to enroll in some kind of insurance program, with federal subsidies of insurance premium payments, there was another provision that got little attention: the expansion of Medicaid eligibility from people with incomes up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level to 138 percent. The federal plan offered to cover, initially, 100 percent of the cost of the expanded coverage for the first three years, and then gradually reduce its subsidy to 90 percent by 2020. State responses to the offer became subject to partisanship: states led by Democrats accepted the offer, and red states initially rejected it. Several Republican governed states have since come on board. However, Indiana is a hold-out, losing out on hundreds of million of dollars of federal transfers and up to half a million more residents covered by expanded Medicaid. In the meantime, the federal government has allowed Indiana to continue with the pre-ACA state delivered medicaid program under the Healthy Indiana Plan, which was established in 2008, and currently provides coverage to around 50,000 residents. Last year, Governor Pence’s office proposed a revised plan, dubbed HIP Two Point Oh, to deliver expanded Medicaid. However, negotiations with federal authorities bogged down over some of the state program provisions, which included premiums, co-pays, and yearly maximums for recipients, which have never been a part of Medicaid. In the meantime, the state has asked for and been given waivers from the federal government to allow it to continue with the old HIP program. The most recent extension agreement, announced in mid-November, would carry the program into 2015. The joint announcements from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the CMS, and Governor Pence’s office, on the extension, also mentioned that negotiations on Medicaid expansion are continuing. On Tuesday Daily Local News correspondent David Murphy spoke to Alex Slobosky, Chairperson of Cover Indiana, which has been campaigning for state acceptance of expanded Medicaid. He informed us that he had just come from a conference in Indianapolis, where representatives of the federal and state governments talked about the current state of healthcare insurance, including the impact of the ACA on Indiana, the recent agreement to extend the state HIP for another year, and ongoing negotiations on the expansion of Medicaid in Indiana. Mister Slobosky first talked about the extension of the old HIP program.

Kathleen Falk Addresses Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment in Bloomington

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Kathleen Falk, the Regional Director for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appointed by the Obama Administration in 2013, serves as the Midwest’s connection to the Affordable Care Act. She stopped through Bloomington today in an event hosted by Nancy Woolery, Health Projects coordinator for the City of Bloomington. Information about the open enrollment period here, in today’s community report.

United Way and City of Bloomington produced open enrollment assistance cards that will be going out to residents to help explain the affordable care act registration process.

Daily Local News – December 2, 2014

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana recently filed suit against The GEO Group, a Florida company that privately runs the New Castle (Indiana) Correctional Facility; The Environmental Protection Agency has recently been under fire from Indiana politicians and government agencies for its enforcement of new limits on carbon dioxide emissions from coal and oil-fuel power plants; The Monroe County Public Library has been awarded the Indiana Library Federation Programming Award; The Monroe County Plan Commission held off on adopting new rules for rural areas at a meeting November 18th; The Bloomington Utilities Department is spending $38,000 to deal with energy issues at its headquarters on Miller Drive.

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Kathleen Falk, the Regional Director for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appointed by the Obama Administration in 2013, serves as the Midwest’s connection to the Affordable Care Act. She stopped through Bloomington today in an event hosted by Nancy Woolery, Health Projects coordinator for the City of Bloomington. Information about the open enrollment period here, in today’s community report.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy, Jack Hannek, Cathi Norton and Anson Shupe
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacey, edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Anna Legge
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Managing Producer is Joe Crawford
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Affordable Care Act Volunteers Will Hold Upcoming Events to Enroll Monroe County Residents

In a recent press release, Affordable Care Act (or ACA) volunteers of Monroe County announced a variety of upcoming events to help residents enroll or re-enroll in health coverage. The “CoverMonroe Project” will hold three different types of events to increase service to residents: Education and Enrollment Fairs that educate citizens about available options; Health Plan Forums to help support selecting the insurance plan that best meets family needs, and specific “Coverage Navigator” appointments for one-on-one help. Numerous events, some requiring an appointment, will be held between December 3rd and January 25th at the Monroe County Public Library (303 E. Kirkwood Avenue in Bloomington), or at the library’s Ellettsville Branch at 600 West Temperance Street in Ellettsville. Open enrollment extends until February 15th, 2015. After that time, those failing to sign up for health insurance will face tax penalties that have doubled from last year.
The CoverMonroe Project is the key program of the ACA Volunteers of Monroe County Inc, a non-profit company dedicated to educating the community on the features of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The volunteer program is licensed by the Federal Government to provide direct advice and assistance in health coverage, working with ASPIN Health Navigators of Indianapolis, the City of Bloomington, IU Health Individual Solutions, Monroe County Public Library and the United Way of Monroe County in this effort.

Daily Local News – September 9, 2014

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Daily Local News – July 1, 2014

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On Monday, the majority of the U.S. Supreme Court decided, in Sebelius versus Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation, that “closely held corporations”, do not have to include coverage for contraception under Affordable Care Act insurance plans, if the employer opposes contraception on personal religious grounds; The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit of Indiana has issued a stay on same-sex marriages; Residents living near the Rogers and Binford elementary schools raised concerns June 26th about a revamping of the parking setup there.

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Jessica Hite is a Ph.D. candidate in the Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior department at IU. On Tuesday, June 24, she gave a talk for Bloomington’s Science Cafe on chimney swifts. In this abridged version of her talk Jessica talks about chimney swifts, their habits and why they are important for the local ecosystem, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY
WFHB’s weekly financial segment.

CREDITS
Anchors: Casey Kuhn, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and David Murphy
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Susan Northleaf
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer today is Quinn Barney
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Daily Local News – February 14th, 2014

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Indiana University basketball player Hanner Mosquera-Perea  was booked into Monroe County Jail last night on OWI charges; The Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County will host the Health Care Insurance Fair tomorrow at the Monroe County Public Library; Bloomington’s Animal Shelter has released their 2013 year-end statistics; The Bloomington City Council showed support February 12th for new rules restricting development in the Matlock Heights Neighborhood on the north side of town.

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Scientist Ralph Keeling Talks Climate Change
Climate change scientist Ralph Keeling visits Bloomington next week to give a presentation at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Working with climate change and atmospheric science since the 1980′s, Keeling has been at the forefront of modern climate change research. WFHB correspondent Casey Kuhn spoke with Keeling about the upcoming talk, his current research, and his take on the future of climate change for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

CREDITS
Today’s headlines were written by Sierra Gardner and Lindsey Wright,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Casey Kuhn
Volunteer Connection is produced by Wanda Krieger, in partnership with the city of Bloomington Volunteer Network.
Our engineer today is Nick Tumino,
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

 

Daily Local News – November 21, 2013

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Despite alarming news stories about health insurance policy cancellations, Families USA has found consumers whose coverage has been terminated will benefit; The state of Indiana and the federal government continue to be at odds on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act; The City of Bloomington will conduct the fourth annual “Beat the Meter Blitz” this winter; The Bloomington City Council debated November 20th whether to install a neighborhood parking zone in a roughly 6-block area south of downtown.

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Happy Birthday, Hoagy Carmichael!
WFHB correspondent Trish Kerle’ speaks with Pat Kellar, producer of a documentary film about the life and music of native Bloomingtonian, Hoagy Carmichael, considered one of the 20th centuries greatest composers of American popular standards for today’s WFHB feature exclusive in anticipation of WFHBs birthday celebration beginning this evening.

VOICES IN THE STREET
This week on the Voices in the Street: Turning the corner from ghosts and goblins to turkeys that gobble. ‘Tis the season for Thanksgiving.

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is a week from today. Voices on the Street will be on a week-long hiatus so we wanted to ask your friends and neighbors about their Thanksgiving traditions and what they’re thankful for this year.

CREDITS
Anchors: NickTumino, Scott Weddle
Today’s headlines were written by Mike Glab and Kat Carlton,
Along with Joe Crawford for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Sarah Hettrick.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer was Sarah Hettrick.
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive Producer is Alycin Bektesh.

Legislative Preview: ACA

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Last week WFHB news director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Indiana district 40 state senator mark stoops about the outlook of the 2014 legislative session – including how the Indiana legislature might examine the Affordable Care Act – here for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

My Health Matters – Affordable Care Act Kick-Off Event Part Three

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Segment III of the Affordable Kickoff Event that took place October 8th,2013 : General information about the Affordable Care Act, the new health insurance law, presented at the Monroe County Public Library. Representatives from the City of Bloomington, IU Health, and the Affordable Care Act Volunteers of Monroe County provided information and answered questions from the general public.

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