INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana has received federal approval to expand Medicaid to cover 350,000 uninsured residents through a state-run program that supporters say increases participant responsibility.
Gov. Mike Pence announced Tuesday that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services had approved the state’s request for the plan his administration calls HIP 2.0.
The plan builds off the Healthy Indiana Plan that began under former Gov. Mitch Daniels. The initial program currently enrolls some 60,000 low-income Indiana residents.
Consumers enrolled in HIP 2.0 will make optional contributions and have a hybrid health savings account.
Pence in July submitted his HIP 2.0 proposal to federal officials as an alternative to a traditional expansion of Medicaid.
The costs will be covered with revenue from Indiana’s cigarette tax, hospital fees and federal Medicaid funding.
SULLIVAN, Ind. (AP) – Indiana State Police say an arrest has been made in the death of a pregnant Sullivan woman who went missing in November.
Authorities say 32-year-old Johnus Luke Orr of Sullivan was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with two counts of murder in the death of Tiffanie Adams. Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom says Orr is Adams’ stepbrother.
The 20-year-old Adams was reported missing on Nov. 7. She was last seen on November 5th walking from her father’s home to her mother’s house, nearly one block away. Her body was found Dec. 30 by a farmer harvesting corn in a field northeast of Sullivan. Authorities say she was almost 8 months pregnant at the time of her death.
Sullivan County Prosecutor John Springer has not released details of the case against Orr, who is jailed without bond.
Anyone who may have more information on this case is asked to call the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post at (765)-653-4114 and talk with Detective Michael Taylor. You can also report the information to Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom at (812)-268-4044.
All callers can remain anonymous.
PAOLI, Ind. (AP) – A southern Indiana man has been sentenced to 100 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder and other charges in connection with the drug-related shooting near Paoli in June that left two men dead and another injured.
49-year-old Elbert Brooks of New Albany was sentenced Thursday in Orange Circuit Court. He also pleaded guilty to attempted murder and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury on Dec. 30. A second count of murder was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
56-year-old Nicky Fields and 25-year-old Corey Michael Harris were killed in the June 23rd shooting. 29-year-old Daniel Smitson suffered a gunshot wound to the mouth. The shooting occurred just after 1 o’clock on June 23rd when Brooks and 2 other men charged in this case went to Fields’ mobile home in the 2300 block of Orange County Road 200 West to get meth.
The other 2 men, 36-year-old James Davidson and 35-year-old John Carpenter (both of Marengo), are still awaiting trial in Orange County on murder charges.
MUNSTER, Ind. (AP)- The health of Hoosiers continues to be a hot topic in light of recent reports.
An annual survey of U.S. health rankings puts Indiana at 41st in the nation for the third straight year. Although United Health Foundation’s new rankings keep Indiana at 41st in the nation, the state did make improvements in smoking and childhood poverty.
Some of the notable rankings in the Health Foundation’s report had Indiana 7th in immunization of adolescents and 13th in child poverty. The negatives include rankings of 39th in both smoking and diabetes, 42nd in obesity, and 47th in public health funding.
State health commissioner Jerome Adams says it will take a coalition of state and local officials and Hoosier themselves to make progress on some of Indiana’s greatest health challenges.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – A deal to build a convention hotel in downtown Evansville has collapsed and taken down a $71.3 million plan that also included an apartment tower, parking garage and infrastructure upgrades.
Mayor Lloyd Winnecke announced the development at a Thursday news conference with Old National Bank President Bob Jones.
Jones says a consultant to the bank found the value of naming rights for the convention hall long known as The Centre isn’t worth the money the bank was prepared to invest in the project. The Evansville Courier & Press reports (http://bit.ly/13hKl4D ) the financing gap came to $6.5 million.
The bank last year pledged to be an investor along with developer HCW after the City Council set a $20 million cap on public financing.
Winnecke says he’ll keep working on the project.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The chairman of the State Budget Committee says the state’s revenue forecast for the next two years is “moderately positive” despite predictions that Indiana will have $129 million less to work with in 2015.
Republican Sen. Luke Kenley says he is cautiously optimistic after receiving a report Thursday that projected revenue growth of 2.4 percent in fiscal 2016 and 3.2 percent the following year.
The forecast calls for sales tax revenues to increase by $13.8 million for the current year, or 4.8 percent, then grow 4.1 percent and 4.7 percent the next two years. The forecast also projects gaming revenue will drop below 2003 levels.
Gov. Mike Pence says the numbers are encouraging but that his administration will use caution as it finalizes its budget recommendations.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana officials say a heavy equipment parts maker in Plymouth plans to create 475 jobs by 2017 and 15 other companies have pledged to create nearly 1,700 other jobs over the next decade in return for more than $19 million in tax credits and other incentives.
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. said Thursday that AMI Industries Inc. plans to create 250 jobs next year and 225 more by 2017 while investing $8.5 million to equip and improve production equipment for farm and automotive components. The state will provide up to $2.3 million in tax credits and $300,000 in training grants.
Indiana House Minority Leader Scott Pelath (PEE’-lath) expressed skepticism that all of the jobs will materialize. He says Indiana’s average household income fell 12 percent from 2002 to 2013.