Hoosiers pay the sixth highest prices for hospital services in the United States.
Hoosier hospitals are the most expensive in the Midwest.
Indiana’s not-for-profit hospitals generate profits that far exceed national averages, enjoy billions of dollars in cash reserves, and pay virtually no taxes.
While hospitals are posting record-breaking margins, so are health insurers. This may seem odd, since hospitals and insurers are often on opposite sides of the negotiating table. But insurers lack incentives to reduce spending, especially when the largest carrier faces little competition. Perversely, an ObamaCare provision intended to limit insurer profits creates an incentive for higher spending. Since the law caps profits and overhead as a percentage of premiums, insurers can make more money if they spend more.
Hoosiers for Affordable Healthcare is committed to advancing policies that lower the price of hospital care in Indiana.
Understanding why Hoosiers pay 20-25% above the national average for hospital care, in a state like Indiana where the cost of living is 9% lower than the national average, is a question Hoosiers for Affordable Healthcare and Indiana’s legislative leaders are working to address. Our large systems including IU Health, Ascension, Community Health Network, Parkview, and Franciscan have prices that are as much as 50% or more above the national averages.
In January 2022, Indiana Speaker of the House Todd Huston and Indiana President Pro Tempore Rod Bray publicly called on hospitals and insurers to work collaboratively to lower prices to the national average by January 1, 2025, and to ensure that all savings are passed on the consumer.
Hoosiers for Affordable Healthcare’s mission is to empower grassroots supporters like you to tell your legislators to support a series of commonsense, non-partisan, and popular policy proposals that lower the cost of hospital care in Indiana.
We’re advocating for consumers like you so that you will no longer pay outrageous prices for hospital care in Indiana.
Allan B. Hubbard, Chairman
In 1977, Al Hubbard co-founded E&A Industries and is instrumental in the oversight of E&A’s current portfolio holdings.
In addition to his work at E&A Industries, Al served in the White House under two different administrations. During the George H.W. Bush administration, Al was Deputy Chief of Staff to Vice President Dan Quayle and Executive Director of the President’s Council on Competitiveness. More recently for President George W. Bush, Al was Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council. Currently, Al serves on the Board of Directors of the Simon Property Group, The Heritage Group, the Lumina Foundation, and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.
Al earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, his MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School, and his B.A., cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Gloria Sachdev, PharmD, Vice Chairwoman
Dr. Gloria Sachdev serves as President and CEO of the Employers’ Forum of Indiana, as Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Purdue College of Pharmacy, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine. The Forum is a not-for-profit employer-led healthcare coalition founded in 2001 whose members consist of self-funded employers, health plans, hospitals, physician groups, benefit consultants, and other interested parties. Members work collaboratively on education and research initiatives with the aim of improving the value of heath care provided in Indiana. Most notably, the Forum commissioned RAND Corp to conduct the first hospital price transparency studies in the country to make publicly available relative prices by hospital name. The Forum’s legislative policy agenda is developed by their executive committee which consists of self-funded employers.
Dr. Sachdev received her B.S. Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. She completed a primary care pharmacy residency at VA Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. She then practiced for 12 years as a clinician in primary care physician offices at the VA in Madison, Wisconsin; at Scott & White Hospital and Clinics in Temple, Texas; and at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. She developed new clinical services at each of these clinics managing patients with chronic conditions under collaborative practice agreements. She stepped out of direct patient care and founded a consulting company in 2009. In this capacity, she partnered with dozens of organizations across the US to assist them in developing sustainable business models for team-based care incorporating ambulatory care pharmacist services, was invited to present nationally at over 100 conferences, and published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. She has served as chair of health policy councils in Indiana and at national organizations, in addition to teaching health policy at Purdue University. In 2015, she humbly accepted being President and CEO of the Forum. She resides in Carmel, Indiana with her husband, 3 teenagers, and 80 pound puppy.
Devin Anderson, Secretary-Treasurer
Devin Anderson is the Chief Executive Officer / President of E&A companies. In 1997, Devin led the acquisition and operations of Gilchrist & Soames, a purveyor of fine English toiletries in the North American independent luxury hotel market. Under his leadership, the company grew from a regional company with 10 employees and $6 million in revenue to a global company with 120 employees and $45 million in revenue. E&A sold Gilchrist & Soames in October 2007 to Swander Pace Capital in San Francisco. More recently, Devin was the President / CEO of Udi’s Healthy Foods, the leading U.S. manufacturer of gluten free baked goods. Devin guided Udi’s from $6 million in revenue in 2010 to a run rate in excess of $100 million in revenue by June 2012. E&A sold Udi’s to Boulder Brands in July of 2012.
Devin has also served in a number of political and governmental leadership positions in the Republican Party including Chief of Staff to Indiana Congressman David McIntosh and U.S. Senator Dan Coats.
Devin received a Bachelor of Arts from Franklin College. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, a Trustee of Franklin College and is active in several not-for-profit organizations.
Coalitions Leaders / Policy Experts
Dr. Brian Blase
Brian Blase is the CEO of Blase Policy Strategies, LLC and a senior fellow at the Galen Institute and the Foundation for Government Accountability. From 2017 to 2019, Dr. Blase served as a Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House’s National Economic Council. In this capacity, he coordinated the Trump Administration’s health policy agenda, leading the development of the administration’s policies to increase health care choice and competition. Dr. Blase has worked for key congressional committees in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate as well as conducting research and analysis at several public policy organizations. He often publishes research and commentaries, and is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, and The Hill, among many other outlets. Dr. Blase has a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and five children.
Matt Bell, Principal – Catalyst Public Affairs Group
Matt Bell, a founding partner of Catalyst Public Affairs Group, was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2005. Matt rose to the rank of Ranking Minority Member of the Public Policy Committee. He also served on the Labor and Employment Committee and the Family, Children, and Human Affairs Committee. Matt previously served as the Vice Chair of the Public Policy Committee (2006), the Ranking Minority Member of the Labor and Employment Committee, a member of the Insurance Committee, and the Natural Resources Committee.
Prior to founding Catalyst Public Affairs Group, Matt served as the President of Ivy Tech Corporate College, Indiana’s premier business and industry training partner that provides workplace education and training solutions to help Indiana businesses remain productive, profitable and globally competitive.
Prior to joining Ivy Tech, Matt served as the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana. The purpose of the Chamber is to advocate for the creation of a climate that is inviting to business investment and economic development across a ten-county region in Northeast Indiana.
Marilyn Bartlett, Senior Policy Fellow – National Academy for State Health Policy
Marilyn worked in financial management positions for several companies, including a public utility, an international gold mining company, and a public accounting firm. In 2001, she narrowed her focus to health care financial management, as Controller for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana. In 2007, Marilyn became the CFO for a regional Third-Party Administrator, focusing on self-funded plans.
In 2014, Marilyn assumed the position of Administrator of Health Care and Benefits Division for the State of Montana and was responsible for managing Montana’s largest self-funded health plan, with over 31,000 members. Actuarial projections showed health plan reserves would be ($9 million) by December 2017 if significant changes were not implemented. She led the health plan forward by contracting with Montana hospitals for reference-based pricing, changing to a transparent pass-through pharmacy benefit, launching significant changes to vendor management, and realigning benefit administration of the plan. In December 2017, the plan reserves were $112 million. In 2018, Marilyn transitioned to a specialist role with the State Auditor’s office, focusing on analysis and proposed legislation for managing pharmaceutical drug pricing for Montana consumers.
Ms. Bartlett’s noteworthy accomplishments and passionate contributions to her constituents and industry has earned the respect of public and private leaders alike. Marilyn was named to the prestigious “50 World Greatest Leaders” list by Fortune Magazine and recently assumed a national advisory position with the National Academy for State Health Policy where she and a team of consultants on the Emerging Policy Issues team offers strategic health plan guidance to public entities.
Anthony Mitson, Principal – Catalyst Public Affairs Group
As a founding partner of Catalyst Public Affairs Group, Anthony brings several years of experience to the firm. In helping meet the needs of the firm’s clients, Anthony’s focus is on legislative and executive branch lobbying, as well as state and local procurement.
Prior to starting the firm, Anthony served as the Director of Government Affairs for the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana. In that role, he served as the organization’s chief registered lobbyist and worked closely with both legislators and northeast Indiana businesses to develop and execute policies that fostered economic growth and prosperity for the ten-county region.
Before joining the Regional Chamber, Anthony worked as an assistant to Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller where he served in both executive and legislative capacities for three years.
Doug Badger is a former White House and U.S. Senate policy adviser and currently a senior fellow with the Galen Institute and visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
During his career spanning more than three decades, Doug has advised elected officials on a broad range of public policy issues, with an emphasis on health care policy. At the White House, Doug represented the President in negotiations with Congress that resulted in the creation of health savings accounts and the Medicare drug benefit.
Prior to that, Doug was staff director at the U.S. Senate Republican Policy committee and chief of staff to the Senate Republican Whip, Don Nickles.
He has authored several studies for the Galen Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Mercatus Center and the National Taxpayers Union Foundation. His opinion pieces have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Review and other publications.