The top Democrat in the Indiana Senate is applauding the federal approval of Gov. Mike Pence's proposal for expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan.
Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane called the approval a "victory for working Hoosiers" but says he's concerned that Pence left thousands of people without health care coverage since they earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to qualify for insurance subsidies.
Lanane says the plan will drive down premiums for insured Indiana residents and eliminate use of emergency rooms for primary care.
The Indiana Hospital Association agreed the plan will reduce premiums for those with existing coverage. Association President Doug Leonard said in a written statement that having fewer uninsured patients will lower the cost of delivering services.
“It’s a great day for so many in our state, including hard-working families, veterans and others who have struggled without health insurance," Leonard said. "Through HIP 2.0, more than 350,000 additional Hoosiers will now have affordable options for coverage, and Indiana hospitals stand ready to educate our patients about the new program."