INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana House Democratic leader is calling news
that the state can continue its Healthy Indiana Plan while negotiating a
possible Medicaid expansion a "failure" by Gov. Mike Pence.
Rep. Scott Pelath of Michigan City says Pence is playing politics with
more than 400,000 Indiana residents who would qualify for Medicaid under
Pence declared victory on the issue Tuesday following months of
negotiation with the federal health care officials. Pence originally had
sought to expand Medicaid using the state-run plan, but his health
insurance team lowered its expectations following a June meeting with
The extension through next year allows Indiana to add a few more thousand
low-income residents to the Healthy Indiana Plan but cuts in half the
maximum income a plan participant can earn.