INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The health insurance expansion Gov. Mike Pence is touting relies on federal Medicaid money and meets federal Medicaid requirements, but the Republican governor insists it's not Medicaid.
Pence is asking the federal government to pay for an expansion of the state's Healthy Indiana Plan, saying his plan is much better than traditional Medicaid. He took his pitch to Washington Monday, speaking at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.
Indiana University health economist Kosali Simon said that Pence's proposal is clearly an expansion of Medicaid by one definition, but is also pushing the boundaries.
Since Pence rolled out the proposal last week he has angered some conservatives who say he is acquiescing to President Barack Obama on health care. But Pence has said he still ardently supports repealing the law.