Pence unveils Healthy Indiana Plan expansion

Pence unveils Healthy Indiana Plan expansion

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 02: U.S. Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) answers reporters questions during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol December 2, 2010 in Washington, DC. Pence and U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced the Tax Relief Certainty Act, a bill that would permanently extend the Bush-era tax cuts to all Americans. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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by TOM LoBIANCO

Associated Press

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Updated Thursday, May 15 at 3:25 PM

 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Gov. Mike Pence says Medicaid is a "fiscal monstrosity" and hopes a proposed an expansion of the state-run Healthy Indiana Plan will pass muster with federal officials as an alternative way to insure low-income residents.
 
   Pence rolled out his "HIP 2.0" proposal Thursday morning during an event in Indianapolis. The plan would create two tiers of the Healthy Indiana Plan and expand the state's hospital assessment fee to cover the cost. It also would offer a third option in which workers who can't afford their employers' health care can receive help with their premiums from the state.
 
   The proposal needs approval from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Pence says Indiana will submit its proposal by the end of June.
 
  

 

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