Indiana should expand Medicaid, provide coverage

2014-01-24T00:00:00Z Indiana should expand Medicaid, provide coverage nwitimes.com
January 24, 2014 12:00 am

As a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, I applaud state Sen. Karen Tallian for urging Indiana legislators to accept federal funding increasing access to Indiana's Medicaid program.

Low-income Hoosier families need security to know they have quality health coverage that allows them to see a doctor regularly and get lifesaving care when they need it.

Last year, Indiana said no to hundreds of millions of dollars that could help save Hoosier lives. As Tallian stated, our neighboring states are benefiting from these taxpayer dollars. Meanwhile, Indiana is becoming an island of the uninsured.

Accepting federal funding will save taxpayer dollars currently spent treating uninsured in emergency rooms and will create jobs in the state. Also, it will save lives!

Last year’s decision to do nothing has created a coverage gap of nearly 400,000 Hoosiers who lack access to care. It's time Indiana's lawmakers close the gap.

- Lucy Bruce-Whitaker, Wheatfield

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