Hoosier Healthcare tour stops in Terre Haute

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) Hoosier leaders were addressing health care concerns in the Wabash Valley’s minority population on Thursday afternoon. Its part of the Hoosier Healthcare tour which made a stop in Terre Haute Thursday.

“Dr. Tim Brown and I, the two highest ranking elected MDs in the state are collaborating on this tour and we’re listening to what people have to say about the challenges out there,” Congressman Dr. Larry Bucshon said.

The Hoosier Healthcare tour made a stop in Terre Haute Thursday to hear concerns on the state of healthcare in Indiana from the minority community from Folks like Valerie Craig of the NAACP.

“The (high) cost that comes with health insurance and as one young woman (told me) the idea of having to determine: ‘do I pay for my bills? Or do I pay for this health insurance in case I get sick?’ to me that is a pretty big deal,” Craig said.

That wasn’t the only concern another issue is Indiana’s choice for Medicaid coverage.

“I’ve heard that at present that we have not expanded Medicaid that is my understanding. I kind of wanna know why?” Craig inquired.

Dr. Tim Brown from Indiana’s General Assembly had this for answer:

“I think traditional Medicaid was started in the ’70s and really hasn’t changed much, the traditional part of it. Now we are here 45 years later almost and so it needs to change and that’s where the Healthy Indiana Plan is an innovative idea.”

It’s just one of the many concerns both doctors hoped to address or help find solutions to on this leg of the tour; as well as to hear the voice of the minority community in Terre Haute.

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