posttrib
SUITABLE 
Weather Updates

Pence rules out Medicaid expansion in current form

Gov. Mike Pence

Gov. Mike Pence

storyidforme: 44223355
tmspicid: 4068349
fileheaderid: 2130330

Updated: March 8, 2013 7:37AM



INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence is ruling out expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law unless Indiana gets approval to use state health savings accounts for the expansion.

Pence told reporters Wednesday that the only way he would approve a Medicaid expansion would be if the state is given the choice of using its Healthy Indiana Plan to cover new enrollees.

The Republican governor declared his intentions in a call with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius this week. He also told her that Indiana does not plan to build a “hybrid” health exchange with the federal government.

Indiana’s Medicaid rolls are expected to grow by 90,000 without the expansion and the state’s actuary says they could increase by 427,000 residents under a full expansion.



© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit www.suntimesreprints.com. To order a reprint of this article, click here.