INDIANAPOLISThe CMS gave Indiana the green light to expand its State Childrens Health Insurance Program to families with incomes up to 2½ times the federal poverty levelroughly $53,000 for a family of foura move state officials said would eventually cover another 10,000 children. Were always looking for ways to improve the health of Hoosiers, and now more kids will have access to health insurance coverage, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said in a written statement outlining the plan. Under the Indiana program, household premiums are calculated using a sliding scale based on annual income, according to the Associated Press. Families that earn 200% to 225% of the federal poverty level will pay $42 per month for one child or $53 for two or more, according to the AP.
GLENDALE, Wis.The Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin is expected to begin construction this summer on a $30 million replacement hospital. The 94,000-square-foot building will expand capacity to 30 beds from seven and operating rooms to 10 from six, said Brian Cramer, the hospitals chief executive officer. Construction on the hospital is expected to end in December 2009. The facility is jointly owned by Columbia St. Marys, an Ascension Health subsidiary in Milwaukee, and the Orthopedic Group Joint Venture, a physicians group.
ST. LOUISOfficials at 42-bed Shriners Hospital for Children, St. Louis, said earlier this month in a written statement that certain accounting irregularities have come to their attention. The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities, and an unnamed individual involved has been dismissed. In the meantime, a spokeswoman said, the hospital has appointed a new interim director of fiscal services but declined to provide further details, citing the integrity of the investigation. Our employees take very seriously the responsibility of being excellent stewards of the funds entrusted to us, said John OShaughnessy, the hospitals administrator, in the statement. It is unfortunate that one individual behaved in a way that is entirely contrary to the core values of the hospital.