Discussing Proposals For State Health Care Changes

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The Indiana HealthcareReform Study Group on Monday at a public discussion at the University of Southern Indiana outlined recommendations for health systemchange it will present to the state Legislature in 2009, the Evansville Courier & Press reports. The recommendationsinclude:

  • Requiring all state residents to have a minimum level of health coverage or face personal income tax penalties;

  • Developing measures to ensure low-income individuals and families have access to affordable coverage;

  • Requiring employers to provide affordable health coverage to workers that meet minimum standards or paying into a state health insurance fund;

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  • Allowing individuals to purchase health coverage through the state fund based on a tiered system of copayments tied to income levels;

  • Assessing a tax on health care providers and a surtax on specialty hospitals that do not contribute to basic health care needs, such as through operating an emergency department; and

  • Encouraging residents to find a "medical home" where they could coordinate different types of health care services through one facility.

MichaelFoddrill, a program analyst with IndianaUniversity's Center for Health Policy, said that the recommendations willbe presented to the Legislature in 2009 to avoid being upstaged by property taxreform in 2008. However, Foddrill added that the full effects of the proposedchanges, if they are adopted, would not be felt until 2046. The study group wasfunded by a grant from the state's Family andSocial Services Administration (Wilson, Evansville Courier & Press, 11/27).

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