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Groups Rally At Statehouse To Expand Medicaid


Photo: Bill Shaw

The Medicaid expansion rally at the Statehouse Tuesday.

Hundreds of Indiana residents are fighting to expand Medicaid in the state of Indiana.

Representatives from Medicaid advocacy groups Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan and Cover Indiana rallied at the state house Tuesday as lawmakers returned for Organization Day.

Medicaid advocates say more than 400,000 Hoosiers stand to benefit from expanding the federal program in Indiana.

David Sklar with the Cover Indiana campaign says his group is in favor of any plan that is going to cover all Indiana residents who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to qualify for the Affordable Care Act health exchanges.

“If the state doesn’t push this issue forward,” Sklar says, “We are going to have 400,000 Hoosiers who won’t have access to coverage come January first.”

Meanwhile, Gov. Mike Pence’s office released a letter today requesting to meet with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius about extending the Healthy Indiana Plan.  The current extension is set to expire on Dec. 31.

In the letter, Pence asks Sebelius to meet with his team in Washington, D.C. to “work through any outstanding issues that stand in the way of its approval.”

Pence calls the Healthy Indiana Plan a “satisfactory alternative to the traditional Medicaid model for healthcare delivery and coverage expansion.”

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