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Arkansas, other states experiment with Medicaid options

By Christine Vestal Stateline.org Less than a year after low-income Arkansans started receiving health coverage under the Affordable Care Act’s controversial Medicaid expansion, the state is declaring its so-called “private option” experiment a success. Hospitals saw fewer uninsured patients, state coffers were spared millions in health care costs and private insurers reported record-low premium hikes. […]

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Commentary: Politicos turn to fear to motivate voters

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The ghost of Richard Nixon stalks this election. One of Nixon’s enduring legacies is the lesson, taught to him by his political mentor Murray Chotiner, that fear motivates voters more effectively than any other emotion. Make people scared, Tricky Dick understood, and you can drive them to the polls […]

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Pence says he’s confident Hoosier health workers can handle Ebola

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence appeared on a webcast with health care workers Thursday to talk about Ebola and the state’s preparations should the disease arrive in the state. “At this time, we have no reported cases of Ebola virus in Indiana,” Pence said. “However, there is no doubt that the […]

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Pence meets with HHS secretary to talk health care

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence met Monday with a key federal official in his quest to win approval for an expansion of a health care plan for low-income Hoosiers. Pence  characterized his conversation with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell as “substantive” but he said differences remain between what […]

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Pence, Obama talk health care on airport tarmac

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com PRINCETON, Ind. – Gov. Mike Pence snagged President Barack Obama just steps off Air Force One on Friday and asked for help winning federal approval of the state’s plan to expand health care to low-income Hoosiers. Pence had asked for a private meeting about the issue and instead got about five […]

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Pence seeks meeting with Obama about health care

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence plans to talk with Barack Obama about the state’s low-income health care plan while the president is in Indiana on Friday for a speech about the economy. Pence sent a request for a private meeting to the White House on Thursday morning, just a day […]

Analysis: Feds owe state, Hoosiers an answer about HIP 2.0

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Analysis: Feds owe state, Hoosiers an answer about HIP 2.0

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The groups gathered last week at the Statehouse represented an incredibly diverse group of people and organizations – doctors, older Hoosiers, hospitals, mental health centers and kids. But they had one message – and it was aimed at the federal government: Approve the state’s HIP 2.0 low-income insurance program. […]

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Advocates push for federal approval of HIP 2.0

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Groups that support the state’s plan to expand health care coverage for low-income Hoosiers gathered in the Indiana Statehouse on Thursday to urge the federal government to approve the proposal so it can be implemented. Gov. Mike Pence submitted the proposed expansion of the existing Healthy Indiana Plan earlier […]

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State to spend $1.3 million on campaign to reduce infant mortality

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state will spend $1.3 million on a public awareness campaign aimed at reducing Indiana’s rate of infant deaths, which is among the highest in the nation. A combination of television, radio, online, transit and other ads will launch next month with messages meant to encourage breastfeeding and prenatal […]

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Federal judge to hear arguments in state Obamacare case in October

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A federal judge has set oral arguments for Oct. 9 in a case that could strip Hoosiers of their ability to get federal subsidies for health insurance. Southern District Judge William T. Lawrence ruled late Tuesday that Indiana and 39 school districts can largely move forward with a case […]

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