Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Committee Votes to Require Pence to Negotiate on Medicare Expansion

Relations between the Governor and his Republican supermajority in the legislature keep on being interesting. On Monday, the House Public Health Committee voted to require Gov. Pence to negotiate with the federal government to gain $10 billion in expanded Medicaid funds to provide healthcare coverage for more than 400,000 uninsured Hoosiers in the Affordable Care Act. Pence has insisted that he will only expand the Healthy Indiana Plan instead of Medicaid. The legislation, if passed by the House and Senate, would require him to broaden those discussions. “We want the (Pence) administration to make a good-faith effort, its best effort, to create an option to cover these uninsured Hoosiers,” said Rep. Ed Clere, chair of the House Public Health Committee. Read more here.