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Pence Says Indiana Should Not Set Up Health Care Exchange

A symposium at the Indiana statehouse discussed the need for a state-run exchange program that has been mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Mike Pence says Governor Daniels should avoid implementing the Affordable Care Act in Indiana. Pence issued a formal response Tuesday to Daniels’ request for input on the health care law.

Governor Daniels requested input last month from all three gubernatorial candidates on two key decisions the state must make in the next few months regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

One is a choice between establishing a state- or federally-run health care exchange, a kind of marketplace for insurers and consumers. The other is determining the state’s essential health benefits package, which sets a minimum level of coverage insurers must offer.

Pence says, with so much uncertainty surrounding the measure, he advises against setting up a state-run health care exchange. The sixth district congressman recommends an essential health benefits package that includes no more than what is required by Indiana law and says the package should not include mandated abortion coverage.

Democratic candidate John Gregg’s campaign says Gregg will meet with Daniels in the coming weeks. Libertarian candidate Rupert Boneham’s campaign could not be reached for comment.

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