NewsPublic Affairs / March 13, 2017

Holcomb Wants Medicaid Expansion Continued

Original story from   IPBS-RJC

Article origination IPBS-RJC
Gov. Eric Holcomb (R-Indiana) says he wants Indiana's Medicaid expansion - through its HIP 2.0 program - continued as federal lawmakers debate health care reform. - Brandon Smith/IPB

Gov. Eric Holcomb (R-Indiana) says he wants Indiana's Medicaid expansion - through its HIP 2.0 program - continued as federal lawmakers debate health care reform.

Brandon Smith/IPB

Governor Eric Holcomb says he wants to see Indiana’s Medicaid expansion protected as federal lawmakers debate health care reform.

Indiana uses Medicaid expansion dollars available through Obamacare to pay for HIP 2.0, its health care program for low-income Hoosiers. The proposed health care reform bill advanced by Congressional Republicans would put that funding in jeopardy in the next few years.

Holcomb says he’s been talking to members of Congress and the Trump administration, advocating the need to continue HIP 2.0.

“I’ve expressed to them – and will continue to – that I’ve not seen a more successful program,” Holcomb says.

Holcomb notes he supports reform of the federal health care law – and understands the need to reduce federal debt – but says he wants to see Medicaid expansion protected.

“I want to make sure that we’re compassionate and that we cover the Hoosiers that we are right now,” Holcomb says.

More than 400,000 Hoosiers are currently enrolled in HIP 2.0.

At WFYI, our goal is to cover stories that matter to you. Our reporting is rooted in facts. It considers all perspectives and is available to everyone. We don't have paywalls, but we do need support. So if unbiased, trusted journalism is important to you, please join us. Donate now.

 

 

Related News

New COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance Should Get People Back To Work, School Faster
Stutzman Resigning From Indiana House, Blames Governor
How A Coal Plant's Closures Could Affect One Indiana Town And What It Plans To Do About It