Medicaid Expansion in Indiana

What the state of Indiana decides to do with a Medicaid Expansion will be one of the most important decisions the state will make during this general legislative session.  If the state does not expand the Medicaid program, the most poor and vulnerable Hoosiers will have no means to purchase required insurance in 2014.

According to the Indianapolis Star, the number of Hoosiers that will not be eligible for insurance will reach close to 365,000.  Governor-elect Mike Pence estimates the cost to insure all these people from $1.1 billion to $2.6 billion a year.

According to a study released by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, federal Medicaid spending would increase by 21 percent ($800 billion) by 2022 if every state expanded its Medicaid program.  Under the same assumption, state Medicaid spending would grow by 0.3 percent ($8 billion), as 21.3 million additional people would be covered under expansion.  Ultimately, Medicaid spending would vary greatly between states.

The federal government will pick up 100% of the cost during the first two years.  After two years, the coverage decreases to 90 percent beginning in 2018.  To see the complete story:


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