Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Would Reduce Indiana Uninsured by 55%

A study by by the Urban Institute for the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid projects that the expansion of Medicaid sought for Obamacare would reduce the number of Indiana's non-elderly uninsured adults from 17 percent to 8 percent. Indiana would be one of the largest beneficiaries: its 54.6 percent drop would be the eighth largest drop among the states. (In fact every state would see at least a 25 percent decrease in their uninsured, except Massachusetts, which has only 5 percent uninsured thanks to Romneycare!) Meanwhile, Gov. Pence is trying to get the Healthy Indiana initiative approved as a substitute for Medicaid, despite the fact that the federal government will pay for all of the Medicaid expansion for two years and 90 percent after that (Republicans say they think the feds won't honor that commitment). This is a purely political boondoggle on the Governor's part, one that will deny health security to thousands Hoosiers whose lives would be significantly uplifted by it. And that is a great shame. Read more about the report here.