Monday, July 2, 2012

Who Gets Hurt if Indiana Opts Out of Medicaid Expansion?

A significant part of the increase of healthcare coverage in the Affordable Healthcare Act come from the states expanding their Medicaid coverage to include more people. The federal government will assume the entire cost of this expansion for two years and then states have to pay for only ten percent of the increased coverage. The recent Supreme Court ruling allows states to opt out of this expansion without penalty. Despite the generosity of this offer, some states are arguing that the increase is an unmanageable burden. Indiana Business Journal estimates that if Indiana opts not expand its Medicaid package, 290,000 adult Hoosiers will go without health insurance. Gov. Daniels says it will be up to the next legislature and governor to decide if Indiana will expand Medicaid. Read more from the J&C here.