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Pence: HIP 2.0 timeline not as important as approval

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday he isn’t as concerned that his proposed expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan receives federal approval on his original timeline of Jan. 1 – as long as it is eventually approved in its original format. The Pence administration submitted its request to the U.S. […]

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Tallian to push legalization of medical marijuana

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After several failed attempts to pass laws that would decriminalize marijuana, state Sen. Karen Tallian has decided to enact a different strategy. In the 2015 session, Tallian, D-Portage, plans to introduce legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in the state and establish an agency to create and oversee its […]

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Feds say yes to original HIP, discussions continue on HIP 2.0

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Federal officials have given Indiana the OK to extend its Healthy Indiana Plan one more year – but have not yet acted on the state’s request to expand HIP to thousands more Hoosiers. The action by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services means residents now signed up for […]

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Pence wants HIP 2.0 approval now; delay could cause confusion

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Thousands of Hoosiers who are buying health coverage through a federal insurance exchange could face confusing changes if Indiana gets permission to offer its own program sometime next year. Open enrollment starts Saturday in the federal marketplace. Last year, some 25,000 Indiana residents whose incomes are between 100 percent […]

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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 […]

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