The Indiana Hospital Association on Tuesday announced the launch of Expand Indiana, a campaign aimed at promoting expanded health care coverage in the state.
The campaign comes as Gov. Mike Pence and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius debate the need to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan as an alternative to Medicaid.
"The goals of Expand Indiana are aligned with Indiana Hospital Association’s active support of coverage expansion as a means to provide health care security to thousands of uninsured Hoosiers who would otherwise have no source of coverage," said Doug Leonard, president of IHA.
"As Governor Pence and his administration negotiate with the federal government to expand HIP, it’s important to understand that Hoosiers — and Hoosier businesses — fully support the state’s efforts to expand coverage in Indiana."
Indiana Hospital Association is a nonprofit trade organization with 164 member hospitals and 23 member systems. All major Northwest Indiana hospitals and systems are members.
Indiana Hospital Association in a Tuesday statement cited a report by the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Center for Health Policy, which said expanding health care coverage in Indiana could generate up to $3.4 billion and support more than 30,000 jobs.
"Thousands of Indiana families are unable to earn enough to qualify for tax credits and subsidies through the Health Insurance Marketplace, but they earn too much to qualify for Indiana’s existing health care programs for the poor," Leonard said. "Expanding coverage in Indiana would protect as many as 300,000 Hoosiers caught in the coverage gap without affordable health insurance options."
More information about the campaign is available at www.ExpandINCoverage.org.