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South Bend schools tout savings from near-site health clinics

Kim Kilbride South Bend Tribune, June 29, 2015

South Bend Community School Corp.’s annual health care costs for employees were projected to increase by 22 percent in 2012 and another 10 percent in 2013.

But after a switch in health plan administrators, a redesign of plan options, and the opening of a near-site health clinic where employees and their covered dependents can get free office visits, laboratory services and generic prescriptions, those costs instead have gone up about 6 percent since those changes took effect.

School officials credit the clinic, which is operated by Indianapolis-based Activate Healthcare, for much of the savings.

Decision suddenly gives Zionsville a mayor, more residents

IndyStar, June 5, 2015

The Whitestown Town Council will likely appeal the Court of Appeals' decision that allows Zionsville to absorb Perry Township, Assistant Town Manager Tanya Sumner said.

The Town Council is expected to meet in an executive session on Tuesday to discuss filing a petition asking the Indiana Supreme Court to review the case, council President Eric Miller said in a statement on Wednesday.


Side with local government oversight when possible

Indianapolis Business Journal, February 17, 2014

Randall T. Shepard, Executive in Residence for IU Public Policy Institute writes, "The public is well served by affording local officials broad latitude."  He cites, "There are relatively few formal platforms where state and local officials can conduct ongoing dialogues and analyze problems with the help of researchers.  One of these is the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations."


Local officials say they're optimistic but concerned about health issues and highways

The Statehouse File

September 12, 2013 by Jesse Wilson


Elected officials identify state's top issues

The Gary Crusader

A recent poll of government officials points to economic conditions, the cost of health insurance, drug and alcohol issues, obesity, abandoned properties, and investment in roadways and highways as being key areas of concern. All of these topics are detailed in Intergovernmental Issues in Indiana (2012).



Survey: Majority of Indiana local officials favor payments in lieu ...

Indiana University

It was administered by the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations and analyzed by the Indiana Nonprofits: Scope and Community Dimensions ...



211 system: Hoosiers' help line

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

In 2010, the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations surveyed nearly 1150 local government officials, including mayors, county auditors, ...



211 help line connects Hoosiers with assistance programs. Madison Country served by statewide system. 

By Stuart Hirsch The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — From an early age, youngsters are taught to call 911 in an emergency.

There's another three-digit number that could be equally important — 211.

Think of it as a yellow pages for health and human services.

For the past 10 years dialing that number will connect callers with trained information specialists who can refer them to local organizations that can provide help with making utility or rent payments, finding food, or assistance with medical issues, employment, support for the elderly and legal counseling.


Karickhoff hears public safety, healthcare concerns

Kokomo Perspective

Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) last week chaired the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (IACIR) committee meeting.