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On the Healthy Indiana Plan Expansion

I'm glad that the state is prepared to expand health coverage to 500,000 Hoosiers. I've been asking for this result for nearly two years. It is a good idea to return federal tax revenue to Indiana at a time when so many of us suffer from ill health.

If the Obama admininstration and the Governor can reach a final agreement, I will do all I can to bring it to fruition. The two underlying principles for my support are 1) covering as many people as possible and 2) using positive incentives to encourage healthy behavior.

 

Read more about the expansion here. (via Indy Star)

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Medicaid Expansion in Indiana [INFOGRAPHIC]

Due to Governor Mike Pence rejecting health care expansion, over 300,000 Hoosiers will go uninsured in Indiana. Below is an infographic that illustrates just what Governor Pence has turned down by rejecting expansion.

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Indiana's Educational "System"

Indiana now has some 4 or 5 "school boards" depending on who you listen to. Of course, there are still local school boards, but they are supplanted or supplemented by the Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the Governor's education policy team, the Education Roundtable and the various leaders of private, charter and takeover schools. The legislature is called on to oversee this witches brew of overlapping authority. Much of our work is rushed and driven by ideology. If you want a further idea of the range of issues we are supposed to decide on see the attached list.

Suffice it to say my position is clear: we need a predictable system of public education that provides stable guidance to our school leaders and generates and recognizes student success. Sadly, we do not have a  real system and we continue to chase silver bullet solutions to our educational problems. The result is parental and student confusion with success being defined by who has the loudest voice or the best ad campaign. This problem exists statewide but is at its worst in Indianapolis and in our small school districts.

I would love to hear your views on what we can do to insure our kids get a chance at reaching their potential. 

 

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From The Blog

House Republicans attack the environment and consumers in one move

Late last week the House Republicans passed a bill that would end Indiana’s efforts to save energy! They would kill Mitch Daniels’ program that led to home energy audits and the provision of efficient light bulbs. The net effect will be to increase energy costs and increase the likelihood we will need a new coal-fired power plant. House Republicans would rather cry out for burning more coal than try our hand at energy conservation.

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Post-Election Report: A Big Thank You and a List of Challenges

I won re-election with 60% of the vote, my best result in three elections. I need to thank all of you who voted for me, gave me financial support or pointed me in the right direction when I went astray. I needed all of this help. I am honored to serve and will fight for the concerns of my voters and of all Hoosiers. Thanks!

Please read on for more of my thoughts and upcoming challenges I see for the General Assembly.

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Door-to-door: Comments of the Week October 22

I went Door-to-Door campaigning with my wife, Ann, on Sunday. It was her birthday but she was out campaigning for our son, Tim, who is running for a State Senate seat. We were walking in our own neighborhood and had a very positive response. I had one particularly striking conversation with a young mother who has two kids in IPS. Her older child is at the Center for Inquiry (School 84). Like everyone else, she is very pleased with the school. Her other child has autism and is in a special IPS program. The mother is just as  pleased with that program as she is with CFI. She believes that IPS is helping both her kids albeit in different programs. She expressed a concern that some parents of kids with disabilities are missing out on IPS. They hear rumors of systemic failure at IPS and go elsewhere. Almost one-quarter of all IPS kids have special needs. My inquiries lead me to believe that IPS does a fine job helping these kids. We need to be very careful in evaluating school systems based on vague reputational beliefs. As the young mother at the door made clear, if the school system is delivering for your child, that is what counts.

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Press Releases

DeLaney: Indiana Needs Our Own State Health Exchange

INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis) has issued the following statement after the Indiana Department of Insurance announced its decision to extend insurance coverage for Hoosiers considered “high risk” through next January: “I agree that this decision had to be made to ensure that those most at risk do not lose their insurance coverage. “However, these circumstances again point out the need for us to work with the federal government in setting up an exchange operated by the state of Indiana. I think we could do a better job than Washington in using the machinery of the Affordable Care Act to help protect the lives of Hoosiers. “The governor needs to reconsider his actions in refusing to have a state-run exchange. “At the very least, I believe that Indiana needs to do a better job of informing Hoosiers about the details of the federal health care law and how we can benefit from it. Other states are making this effort. Indiana should, too.”

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State of Indiana vs Healthcare

Governor Pence and Attorney General Zoeller are suing the IRS in order to keep 400,000 more Hoosiers from getting affordable insurance.

 

Below are excerpts from the lawsuit, State of Indiana vs. IRS:

 

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Recent News

Indiana lagging behind Kentucky in health care coverage

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Mass Transit clears hurdle in committee

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Member of the Insurance Committee

Ed DeLaney is the Ranking Minority Member on the Insurance Committee. Ed is also a member of the following committees: Courts and Criminal Code, Judiciary, and Roads and Transportation. Rep. DeLaney is pleased to use his expertise in health care expansion in Indiana to serve his constituents to the best of his ability.