Health Care Talks Continue But Medicaid Expansion Unlikely

Republican leaders say uncertainty about the financial burden placed on the state by Medicaid expansion likely eliminates that option.

David Long

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Senate President Pro Tem David Long says he worries the long-term consequences of joining the federal Medicaid expansion will outweigh the benefits.

State lawmakers say discussion over how best to implement the Affordable Care Act will continue in the second half of this year’s legislative session.

Fully expanding Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act would add around 400,000 more Hoosiers to the program. For the first three years, the federal government will cover the entire cost. After that, the cost would be split, with the federal government eventually contributing 90 percent.

But Senate President Pro Tem David Long says he does not have confidence in that plan.

“I don’t know any leader, Republican or Democrat, in this country that I’ve talked to that, for instance, believes that, in 2020 when it goes to a 90/10 share, that it’s not going to be a lot worse than that,” he says.

Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane says there is no basis for that lack of trust.

“This is what the law is and we have to make a decision based on upon facts, not speculation,” he says.

Republicans leaders continue to urge the federal government to allow the state to utilize the Healthy Indiana Plan, the state’s health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers, as the vehicle for healthcare expansion.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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