Sarah Fentem

Reporter and Digital Producer, Side Effects

A native midwesterner, Sarah Fentem has been a radio reporter in Indiana for years, first at WFIU in Bloomington and later at WBAA in West Lafayette, where she covered health policy for the state's regional journalism collaborative. She specializes in reporting on the wonkier bits of health care: federal legislative changes, pharmaceutical prices and the individual health insurance market.

 

In addition to being a reporter, Sarah works as Side Effects' digital producer, editing stories for web, maintaining the website and social media feeds and managing other bits of the newsroom's daily grind.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, has announced it won’t be renewing contracts with companies providing enrollment assistance for people shopping for health insurance on the Federal Exchange this year, including a location in Indianapolis.

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Health care advocacy groups are tentatively celebrating news that the Senate’s latest health care bill is dead. But after months of protesting the GOP’s plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they’re still not calling it a victory.  

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This year’s Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration is in full swing. The event is the Expo organization’s biggest annual fundraiser, which runs through Sunday at the Indiana Convention Center.

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The Indiana Republican party may have gotten more than it had bargained for after it invited users to share their “Obamacare horror stories” in a Facebook post earlier this week. The GOP account was inundated with thousands of replies from Affordable Care Act supporters from across the country.

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Medicaid spending on three important medications used to treat opioid addiction increased 136 percent nationwide between 2011 and 2016, according to a new report from the Urban Institute, a public policy think tank based in Washington D.C. The increases were much higher in some states—in seven states, rates rose more than 400 percent.

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Two of the four insurers currently offering plans on Indiana’s Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace announced Wednesday they were pulling their plans next year, citing uncertainty surrounding the future of Obamacare and volatility in the market.

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A woman was taken to the hospital Monday afternoon after she says U.S. marshals dragged her out of a protest at Senator Todd Young’s Indianapolis office.

Northwest Indiana resident Lorrell Kilpatrick had traveled to Indianapolis with members of the grassroots disability rights advocacy group ADAPT to protest Medicaid cuts under the Senate’s prospective Affordable Care Act replacement bill.

Only two health insurers will offer plans next year on Indiana’s Affordable Care Act exchange, according to proposed rate increases posted by the Indiana Department of Insurance posted Thursday. That’s down from four insurers this year and seven in 2016.

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On Sunday, Marian University in Indianapolis graduated its first-ever medical school class, handing out 133 Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degrees. Next weekend, 331 Indiana University School of Medicine grads will collect their diplomas.

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