News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 28, 2014

Public weighs in on Pence health care proposal


Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — State officials are hearing from the public on a proposal to expand Medicaid using the state’s Healthy Indiana Plan.

Gov. Mike Pence rolled out the proposal to expand coverage for low-income residents 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.

The Family and Social Services Administration will host a public hearing on the plan Wednesday morning in Indianapolis.

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.