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Daily Local News – July 29, 2015

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Senator Dan Coats of Indiana joined 23 other senators this morning to introduce a bill that would de-fund Planned Parenthood; The Monroe County website is getting an upgrade; The Town of Ellettsville continues to deal with the fallout from a 2013 flood that forced its offices to move out of the Town Hall and into rental units at Eagle’s Landing Mall; Ivy Tech Community College has announced that they will begin express enrollment days on Monday, August 10.

FEATURE
The Affordable Care Act was passed more than five years ago but legislators continue to debate many aspects of the legislation. Over the past couple years there has been an effort to repeal part of the law that institutes a tax on medical devices. News Director Joe Crawford spoke yesterday with an opponent of the tax, Cook Medical Board Chairman Steve Ferguson. We bring you part of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

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CREDITS
Anchors: Kelly Wherley and Araceli Gomez
Today’s headlines were written by Jack Hanek and Ivy Bridges
Along with Cleveland Dietz for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access Television services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford
Our engineers today were Jim Lang and Matt Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Extended Interview: Cook Medical Board Chairman on Medical Device Tax

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The Affordable Care Act was passed more than five years ago but legislators continue to debate many aspects of the legislation. Over the past couple years there has been an effort to repeal part of the law that institutes a tax on medical devices. News Director Joe Crawford spoke yesterday with an opponent of the tax, Cook Medical Board Chairman Steve Ferguson. We bring you part of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report.

Medical Device Tax Hits Close to Home

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As Americans prepare for the onset of the Affordable Care Act next year, the medical device industry in Indiana is still pushing for a repeal of a tax that was passed along with the Act in 2009. The medical device industry is one of the largest employers in Monroe County, and throughout Indiana. There are roughly three hundred and twenty-five device companies in the state, and Cook Medical alone employs about thirty-five hundred people in the region around Bloomington. With the implementation of the Act just over two months away, predictions vary about what effect it will have on the industry, and whether the tax will remain in place. WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford brings us the story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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