Pence Medicaid expansion plan wins public support

(WISH Photo)
(WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health care advocates and lobbyists are throwing their support behind Gov. Mike Pence’s plan to expand Medicaid using a state-run alternative.

Representatives of insurance companies and others called the state’s Healthy Indiana Plan a success Wednesday at a public hearing on the state’s request to expand that program.

Pence rolled out the proposal to expand coverage for low-income residents earlier this month. It’s based on the hybrid health savings account plan already being used by the state, but also adopts some key requirements of Medicaid.

Pence is asking federal officials for permission to use the state-run plan instead of traditional Medicaid to expand health care coverage. If the federal government approves, it would pay for the expansion the same as in other states that have approved a Medicaid expansion.

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