Groups to deliver Medicaid expansion support letters, petitions

2014-02-18T12:45:00Z 2014-02-18T15:34:05Z Groups to deliver Medicaid expansion support letters, petitionsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
February 18, 2014 12:45 pm  • 

Hoosiers who want Indiana to do an about-face on its lack of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act will deliver their opinion to Gov. Mike Pence's office Wednesday.

The effort, sponsored by Cover Indiana, the National Association of Social Workers - Indiana and Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan, will include 10,000 signatures along with resolutions and a letter signed by religious leaders, according to a statement from the groups. 

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, allows states to expand Medicaid eligibility to Americans earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level.

The federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost of new enrollees the first three years, then gradually decline to 90 percent by 2020.

Indiana has chosen not to expand Medicaid, over concerns about the federal funding.

Medicaid expansion supporters on Wednesday will carry petitions that have circulated Indiana, asking Pence and the legislature for the expansion.

Pastor Curtis Whittaker Sr., of Progressive Community Church of Gary, said people need to take up Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision for health care equality.

"This can be accomplished in Indiana by fully expanding Medicaid coverage through the ACA to all eligible Hoosiers," Whittaker said. "This is both the morally right and financially prudent thing to do."

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