Dorko said hospitals currently must shift the cost of uncompensated care to commercial insurers, which is why health-insurance premiums are rising. Lutheran’s cost for uncompensated care in 2011 was $147 million.
Michael Packnett, president and CEO of Parkview Health, said the proposed expansion will cover about 45,000 people in the 10-county northeast Indiana region, with an estimated economic impact of $70 million to $90 million in Allen County alone over the next seven years. The expansion will sustain an estimated 3,000 jobs in the region and could create nearly 200 more.
“I hope we don’t miss the chance to do this,” Packnett said.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would have to approve Indiana’s use of the Healthy Indiana Plan for Medicaid expansion, lifting the current cap of 40,000. HIP would also have to broaden its coverage to meet ACA requirements. But the go-ahead for an expansion plan in Arkansas suggests federal officials might support it.
Indiana lawmakers have a tough job ahead approving a two-year budget; a decision to expand Medicaid coverage to 400,000 Hoosiers is an easy call and the right one to make.
— The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne
Donnelly and new same-sex marriage majority
Even Chief Justice John Roberts can sense the political winds shifting on gay marriage, famously saying during Supreme Court arguments last week that “political figures are falling over themselves” to get in line for marriage equality.
Just look at the U.S. Senate in recent weeks. In March, Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, announced that his view had changed on same-sex marriage, largely influenced after finding out his son is gay. Since then, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., “fell over themselves” to put the tally of same-sex marriage backers at 50.