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Lawmakers positive about Healthy Indiana Plan proposal

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An expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan, which Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday, received overall positive reviews from Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

Dubbed "HIP 2.0," the proposal would replace traditional Medicaid and offer health insurance coverage to thousands of Hoosiers who currently are uninsured.

Sen. Patricia Miller, R-Indianapolis, who helped start the current HIP program, said she was pleased the governor had found “an innovative solution to offer coverage to uninsured Hoosiers through the Healthy Indiana Plan.”

“Providing consumer-driven, market-based health care coverage to low-income Hoosiers will again make Indiana a leader in the nation on alternatives to simply expanding Medicaid,” she said.

Indiana Republican Party State Chairman Tim Berry said HIP 2.0 is a “bipartisan-supported and patient-driven alternative to traditional Medicaid.”

“Gov. Mike Pence’s plan to expand this successful program will help cover many of Indiana’s uninsured,” Berry said. “Our state is leading the way in providing innovative yet fiscally sound ways to deliver health services to those in need – all without raising taxes. ”

Congressman Todd Young, IN-9, said he supported the state’s efforts.

“Long before the federal government conceived of Obamacare, Indiana developed an innovative, bipartisan program to provide health care for Hoosiers who couldn’t afford it on their own: the Healthy Indiana Plan, or HIP,” Young said. ““While the federal health care law has threatened its existence, Gov. Pence and his team have worked tirelessly to adapt HIP to meet new federal mandates while preserving the core mechanics that made HIP work for Hoosiers.”

On the other side of the aisle, Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane of Anderson said that while it is a case of “better late than never,” he is encouraged by any effort to help uninsured Hoosiers.

“It is regrettable it has taken us a year and cost us $1.4 billion before we were able to come up with a plan that the federal government will consider,” Lanane said. ““Hopefully this signals a change of heart in the governor’s approach to giving Hoosiers the health care options they are looking for and provides them with more options than an emergency room visit when they are in need of medical care.”
 

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  • HIP Nightmare
    The theory of HIP expansion in general is a great one. Helping out others in need of general healthcare services, while providing some form of cost sharing to those who are eligible, would, in theory help people be more "accountable" when it comes to when and how they seek services. Depending on how the networks are developed for this expansion, similar to the Obamacare Marketplaces, can cause tons of frustration for the members and providers alike. I hope those eligible are educated up front on what network they are in, where they can receive services, how much their cost share is, etc... Under the narrow network exchanges, as a health care industry worker on the business side, I have seen first hand how disastrous the roll out of the marketplace exchanges has been.
  • Some Support
    Yes the "Bi"partisan support is to get something done rather than continue to let people get treated through the emergency rooms or not at all. HIP helped 40,000 of the approx. 400,000 uninsured Hoosiers prior to this proposal. Meantime, a friend who cannot afford insurance because they miss so much work due to health problems and cannot afford the medication needed as well to avoid 2-3 emergency room visits per month nearly died the other week. They have been on the HIP waiting list for a long time. Am I glad something is finally being done to provide better care at lower expense to us the taxpayer? Yes. Should it have taken this long? Of course not.
  • How Can This Be
    This articles flies in the face of the propagandists who decried Pence's war on the poor and republicans war on the poor. This effort has bi-partisan support? Where are the naysayers now? Hoosier Lib, where are you? Should you not now be attacking the democrats for the same position you attacked republicans on yesterday. Oh the hypocrisy

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