Why don't Indiana officials back Medicaid expansion?

2014-02-20T00:00:00Z Why don't Indiana officials back Medicaid expansion? nwitimes.com
February 20, 2014 12:00 am

According to an independent health ranking organization, Indiana is 41st out of 50 states in providing overall health care and providing health lifestyles!

The former and current governors opposed the Affordable Care Act, along with their political allies, in favor of the Healthy Indiana Program, which covers 40,000 Hoosiers. However, it also excludes from this HIP program 400,000 Indiana citizens who would have been covered under expanded Medicaid coverage just by participating in this program all paid for by federal funds!

The current spokesperson for the Indiana Health Department states statistics by this ranking system are misleading, but the glaring fact is that 400,000 Indiana citizens do not have health care, which they would have had under expanded Medicaid under the ACA!

Will the past and present state officials, legislators and their staffs, and appointees reveal the health care programs they are in and state from which branch of government these plans originate from (federal, state, local or private sources) so Indiana's uninsured can have a more transparent view, pro or con, as to why the state officials object to the ACA?

Could it be they already have health care from other sources and ACA doesn't affect them?

- Gerald E. Jawor, Hobart

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