Health & Insurance

Potential death of Affordable Care Act likely to cut taxes

May 31, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The American Health Care Act, which seeks to repeal and replace the ACA, passed the House on a party-line vote but has not gained much traction in the Senate. In fact, the upper chamber is crafting its own repeal-and-replace legislation that could differ widely from the House proposal.
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Anthem abandons battle for Cigna after court deals blow to deal

May 12, 2017
 Bloomberg News
Anthem Inc.’s nearly two-year effort to buy rival insurer Cigna Corp. is officially dead.
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Attorneys trying to stay apprised, advise clients as Congress weighs health care reform

February 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The Affordable Care Act brought a sea change to the health care industry, and whatever replaces it is expected to bring another. Attorneys practicing health care law or with clients greatly impacted by the rules and regulations of the ACA are scrambling to stay afloat.
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Anthem, Cigna blast one another over blocked insurer merger

February 20, 2017
 Bloomberg News
Cigna Corp. and Anthem Inc. are trading accusations of harassment and sabotage in competing lawsuits as the two health companies feud publicly in the wake of a stalled $48 billion merger.
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Judge blocks Cigna from scuttling $48B deal with Anthem

February 16, 2017
 Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. on Wednesday won a court ruling temporarily blocking Cigna Corp. from scuttling a $48 billion merger between the health insurers.
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Anthem sues to block Cigna from terminating $48B merger

February 15, 2017
 Bloomberg News, IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. further escalated its fight with Cigna Corp. on Wednesday morning, announcing it has filed a lawsuit in Delaware that seeks a temporary restraining order to prevent the Connecticut-based insurer from terminating their $48 billion merger.
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Cigna rejects $48B Anthem takeover, sues for damages

February 14, 2017
 Associated Press
Cigna says it is rejecting Anthem's proposed $48 billion acquisition bid and suing the Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer.
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Anthem vows to appeal ruling blocking $48B Cigna purchase

February 9, 2017
 Bloomberg News, IBJ Staff
Anthem Inc. on Thursday morning vowed to appeal a federal judge's ruling that blocked its $48 billion purchase of Cigna Corp. on the grounds it would be anticompetitive.
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Federal court expected to block Anthem-Cigna deal, report says

January 19, 2017
IBJ Staff
Anthem Inc. on Thursday said it was extending the termination date for its pending $54 billion merger with Cigna Corp.—a deal that is expected to be blocked by a federal judge, according to a new media report.
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Anthem-Cigna merger goes to judge for ruling that could end deal

December 14, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The first phase of the U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit to halt Anthem Inc.’s planned takeover of rival insurer Cigna Corp. is in the hands of a federal judge after the government wrapped up its arguments Tuesday that the deal would harm competition in the national insurance market.
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Anthem’s Cigna takeover could draw $3B Blue Cross fine, exec testifies

December 1, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Anthem Inc. could face a penalty of about $3 billion from the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association if it fails to derive the bulk of its nationwide revenue from Blue-branded products after acquiring Cigna Corp., according to testimony from an Anthem executive during a U.S. antitrust trial in Washington.
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House seeks delay in health law appeal pending new president

November 22, 2016
 Associated Press
The Republican-led House of Representatives is asking the federal appeals court in Washington to delay consideration of a case involving the Obama health care law because Donald Trump has pledged to repeal and replace it when he becomes president.
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Auditor says Eskenazi Health fired her for identifying improper billing

November 11, 2016
John Russell, IBJ Staff
A compliance auditor at Eskenazi Health claims she was fired after alerting her supervisor that the hospital was improperly billing the federal government and Indiana for potentially hundreds of patients whose bills were already being paid by research grants.
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Fired manager files discrimination suit against Eskenazi Health

November 10, 2016
John Russell, IBJ Staff
A former manager at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis claims she was fired after complaining that her boss was pressuring her to hire more minorities.
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Stanley ruling extends to government medical reimbursements

October 21, 2016
Dave Stafford
The Indiana Supreme Court on Friday extended the admission of evidence of reduced health care payments in personal injury suits to include reimbursements from government payers.
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Indiana Supreme Court won't take case over medical bills

October 10, 2016
 Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court has declined to take a case involving a man who was seriously injured in a crash and amassed over $625,000 in medical bills.
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Anthem, Cigna may be forced to reveal merger-dispute documents

October 7, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp. should be required to reveal documents in which the health insurance companies accuse each other of breaching their merger agreement, according to an adviser to the judge overseeing a U.S. lawsuit seeking to block the deal.
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Anthem, Cigna accusing one another of merger breach, US says

September 22, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp., the health insurers fighting a U.S. antitrust lawsuit, have accused one another of breaching their $48 billion merger agreement, the Justice Department said in a court filing.
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COA affirms health services provider in contempt for not producing records

September 14, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed that Meridian Health Services was in contempt of court when it failed to provide a patient’s father with her health records after a subpoena ordered the health services provider to do so.
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DOJ willing to consider settlement in Anthem, Cigna merger

August 12, 2016
 Bloomberg News
A Justice Department lawyer on Friday told the judge in the antitrust case over Anthem Inc.’s $48 billion takeover of Cigna Corp. that the government was willing to hear settlement offers from the companies.
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Aetna judge hands off Anthem merger case to speed trials

August 8, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The judge overseeing two U.S. cases challenging mergers among four of the biggest health insurers gave up one case, improving the odds for rulings on both tie-ups by the end of the year and reducing the chance they fall apart beforehand.
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Anthem says Cigna deal at risk without merger ruling by year-end

August 5, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Anthem Inc. says its planned takeover of Cigna Corp. is in danger of collapsing unless there’s a quick trial to resolve a U.S. lawsuit seeking to block the deal.
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Reversal: HHGregg prevails in appeal over managers’ bonuses

July 22, 2016
Dave Stafford
HHGregg senior managers are not entitled to share in $40 million in life insurance proceeds from the 2012 death of executive chairman of the board Jerry Throgmartin, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday, reversing a trial court ruling in the managers’ favor.
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Woman sues state over untimely insurance enrollment

July 21, 2016
IL Staff
A lawsuit filed Thursday alleges the state ignored federal law requiring it to provide health insurance coverage within a reasonable time frame and must retroactively pay for an Elletsville woman’s medical bills.
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Feds sue Anthem, Cigna to block $48B merger

July 21, 2016
 Bloomberg News, IBJ Staff
U.S. antitrust enforcers on Thursday roundly rejected a pair of proposed deals that would consolidate the nation’s five biggest health insurers into just three.
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  1. It really doesn't matter what the law IS, if law enforcement refuses to take reports (or take them seriously), if courts refuse to allow unrepresented parties to speak (especially in Small Claims, which is supposedly "informal"). It doesn't matter what the law IS, if constituents are unable to make effective contact or receive any meaningful response from their representatives. Two of our pets were unnecessarily killed; court records reflect that I "abandoned" them. Not so; when I was denied one of them (and my possessions, which by court order I was supposed to be able to remove), I went directly to the court. And earlier, when I tried to have the DV PO extended (it expired while the subject was on probation for violating it), the court denied any extension. The result? Same problems, less than eight hours after expiration. Ironic that the county sheriff was charged (and later pleaded to) with intimidation, but none of his officers seemed interested or capable of taking such a report from a private citizen. When I learned from one officer what I needed to do, I forwarded audio and transcript of one occurrence and my call to law enforcement (before the statute of limitations expired) to the prosecutor's office. I didn't even receive an acknowledgement. Earlier, I'd gone in to the prosecutor's office and been told that the officer's (written) report didn't match what I said occurred. Since I had the audio, I can only say that I have very little faith in Indiana government or law enforcement.

  2. One can only wonder whether Mr. Kimmel was paid for his work by Mr. Burgh ... or whether that bill fell to the citizens of Indiana, many of whom cannot afford attorneys for important matters. It really doesn't take a judge(s) to know that "pavement" can be considered a deadly weapon. It only takes a brain and some education or thought. I'm glad to see the conviction was upheld although sorry to see that the asphalt could even be considered "an issue".

  3. In response to bryanjbrown: thank you for your comment. I am familiar with Paul Ogden (and applaud his assistance to Shirley Justice) and have read of Gary Welsh's (strange) death (and have visited his blog on many occasions). I am not familiar with you (yet). I lived in Kosciusko county, where the sheriff was just removed after pleading in what seems a very "sweetheart" deal. Unfortunately, something NEEDS to change since the attorneys won't (en masse) stand up for ethics (rather making a show to please the "rules" and apparently the judges). I read that many attorneys are underemployed. Seems wisdom would be to cull the herd and get rid of the rotting apples in practice and on the bench, for everyone's sake as well as justice. I'd like to file an attorney complaint, but I have little faith in anything (other than the most flagrant and obvious) resulting in action. My own belief is that if this was medicine, there'd be maimed and injured all over and the carnage caused by "the profession" would be difficult to hide. One can dream ... meanwhile, back to figuring out to file a pro se "motion to dismiss" as well as another court required paper that Indiana is so fond of providing NO resources for (unlike many other states, who don't automatically assume that citizens involved in the court process are scumbags) so that maybe I can get the family law attorney - whose work left me with no settlement, no possessions and resulted in the death of two pets (etc ad nauseum) - to stop abusing the proceedings supplemental and small claims rules and using it as a vehicle for harassment and apparently, amusement.

  4. Been on social security sense sept 2011 2massive strokes open heart surgery and serious ovarian cancer and a blood clot in my lung all in 14 months. Got a letter in may saying that i didn't qualify and it was in form like i just applied ,called social security she said it don't make sense and you are still geting a check in june and i did ,now i get a check from my part D asking for payment for july because there will be no money for my membership, call my prescription coverage part D and confirmed no check will be there.went to social security they didn't want to answer whats going on just said i should of never been on it .no one knows where this letter came from was California im in virginia and been here sense my strokes and vcu filed for my disability i was in the hospital when they did it .It's like it was a error . My ,mothers social security was being handled in that office in California my sister was dealing with it and it had my social security number because she died last year and this letter came out of the same office and it came at the same time i got the letter for my mother benefits for death and they had the same date of being typed just one was on the mail Saturday and one on Monday. . I think it's a mistake and it should been fixed instead there just getting rid of me .i never got a formal letter saying when i was being tsken off.

  5. Employers should not have racially discriminating mind set. It has huge impact on the society what the big players do or don't do in the industry. Background check is conducted just to verify whether information provided by the prospective employee is correct or not. It doesn't have any direct combination with the rejection of the employees. If there is rejection, there should be something effective and full-proof things on the table that may keep the company or the people associated with it in jeopardy.

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