Indiana Medicaid Expansion Required, Blocked

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November 19, 2013 — Indiana Governor Mike Pence has requested a meeting with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss issues that might be blocking federal approval of using the state’s health savings accounts to expand Medicaid coverage for needy people in Indiana.

Pence requested the meeting in a letter dated November 15, 2013 and made public by his office today.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports the health savings accounts, known as the Healthy Indiana Plan, insure about 40,000 Hoosiers who agree to make monthly s unless they qualify for exemptions.

Pence has so far declined to expand eligibility for Medicaid as required under the federal health care overhaul.  The Kaiser Family Foundation has projected an increase would add as many as 180,000 Hoosiers to Indiana’s Medicaid users lists.


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