The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local News

October 23, 2013

Local legislators head health care panel

ANDERSON — State Rep. Ed Clere, a New Albany Republican, said Wednesday night that his party has become a stumbling block to extending health care for low-income Hoosiers.

"It's my party that needs to be convinced, to put it bluntly," Clere told a small crowd during a town hall meeting to discuss the Affordable Care Act. "But there are some that are starting to come around."

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on "Obamacare" last year, justices approved the health-care mandate but said the federal government couldn’t force states to expand their Medicaid coverage. Indiana has decided not to expand its coverage.

“A lack of expansion will leave few or no options for people who are above 100 percent of federal poverty,” Clere said. “Lots of legislators are interested in continuing the discussion for an expansion that makes sense for Indiana.”

Clere asked all citizens to talk with their legislators about Medicaid expansion in Indiana.

"There’s a place for discussion and even disagreement on how to do this,” Clere said. “There are a large range of options for doing it.”

The Wednesday night town hall meeting was organized by the Minority Health Commission of Madison County. State Rep. Terri Austin and state Sen. Tim Lanane, both Anderson Democrats, joined Clere on a panel that responded to questions.

Other panelists included Paul Chase of Covering Kids and Families, marketplace navigator Debra Hester and Mandy Bratton of MDwise, one of the four insurance providers in the Affordable Care Act marketplace in Indiana.

The other ACA health insurance providers in Indiana are Anthem, Physicians Health Plan and Ambetter.

Lanane, the Senate minority leader, agreed that Medicaid expansion is essential in Indiana to ensure access to health care for more low-income Hoosiers.

Some who attended Wednesday's town hall meeting had questions about signing up for federally sponsored health-care plans.

“You can’t just look at the cost of plans,” Chase said. “You have to make sure the doctors or hospitals near you accept your coverage.”

Follow Zach Osowski on Twitter @Osowski_THB or call him at 640-4847.

Navigators Angie Pitts, Penny Jachim, Mike Casuscelli and LaBrenda Hardy have completed the course studies, background checks and testing in order to be approved Certified Indiana State Navigators for the Madison County Community Health Centers.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • news_indfloods.jpg County escapes major storm damage

    Despite strong winds and heavy storms Thursday night, Madison County property escaped relatively unscathed. While downed tree limbs and power lines led to a power outage for about 2,000 residences in Anderson, there were no reports of structure damage in the county.

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS -  HB0823 - Fire-Rozelle Johnson - JC 28a.jpg Lightning might have caused Anderson funeral home fire

    A lightning strike is suspected of starting a fire at Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Services, Ind. 32 and Rangeline Road, early Friday morning.

    August 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Teen arrested in alleged robbery, battery of teen girl A teen faces felony charges after allegedly luring and driving another girl out to a county road, robbing the girl at knifepoint and leaving the girl out on the road at night.

    August 22, 2014

  • ACS incumbents facing election challenge Most incumbents seeking re-election to various school boards in Madison County will be facing challengers in the November 4 general election.

    August 22, 2014

  • SWAT Challenge to move to Camp Atterbury The 13th Annual Indiana SWAT Challenge will again be hosted by the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, but this year will move to a larger venue.

    August 22, 2014

  • Pendleton Heights clips Muncie Central 28-21 MUNCIE — Pendleton Heights began its season with a win, defeating Muncie Central 28-21. Quarterback Jarred Hubble ran for two 1-yard touchdowns and Christian Gonzalez completed both with extra points kicks. Jake Brooks added another touchdown from an

    August 23, 2014

  • Reservoir could be needed shot in the arm The proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir is being described as the needed shot in the arm that would put Anderson back on the map.

    August 23, 2014

  • VanNess, William mug Local Briefs: Aug. 23 A compilation of news items of local and statewide interest as published in the Saturday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Coats: Obamacare won't be repealed U.S. Sen. Dan Coats said the Affordable Care Act will not be repealed and that Congress needs to focus on many modifications to the law affecting health care in America.

    August 22, 2014

  • Anderson cop Richardson loses rank Seven months after Anderson Police officer Bill Richardson was arrested in January but not criminally charged, the department has disciplined the officer.

    August 22, 2014

August Staff Photos


Buy and browse more photos from The Herald Bulletin

More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
Auto Industry Book
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Facebook