Discussing Proposals For State Health Care Changes
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;
- 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
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