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Holcomb says he leads by listening

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb ran to the grocery store to pick up a few items, but he didn’t expect it to take him nearly two hours to return home, or to have such a great impact on the way he leads the Hoosier state. “Once you’re sworn in, there are […]

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HIP 2.0 ads to blanket TV, radio and web

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The new Healthy Indiana Plan, otherwise known as HIP 2.0, will begin a statewide advertisement campaign on Monday. The campaign is designed to bring an awareness of the program to the hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers who qualify for the plan. On Monday, the state will begin running TV, […]

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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. […]

Commentary: At last, healthy signs

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Commentary: At last, healthy signs

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com Gov. Mike Pence’s new health insurance proposal is potentially – potentially – good news, and there’s more good news in the reaction of some of his prominent critics, who’ve elected to accentuate the positive rather than dwell on the faults. Faults are not hard to find. An expanded Healthy Indiana plan […]

Commentary: At last, a real health care debate

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Commentary: At last, a real health care debate

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The confused response to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed plan to expand the state’s medical coverage for the poor shows how much Obamacare has changed the American political dialogue – and is likely to continue changing it. Pence, a conservative Republican whose flirtation with running for president in 2016 […]

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Uninsured Hoosiers to benefit from proposed expansion to Healthy Indiana Plan

By Antonio Cordero TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Uninsured Hoosiers could be in line for medical coverage under a proposal to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan as an alternative to Medicaid Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday. The expanded program, named HIP 2.0, would offer Hoosiers three plans to choose from – HIP Link, HIP Plus and HIP […]

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Lawmakers positive about proposed expansion to Healthy Indiana Plan

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Governor Mike Pence’s announcement Thursday of his plan to expand the Healthy Indiana plan received overall positive reviews from Republican and Democratic lawmakers. Dubbed HIP 2.0., the proposal would replace traditional Medicaid and offer health insurance coverage to thousands of Hoosiers who currently are uninsured. Senator Patricia Miller, R-Indianapolis, who […]

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Feds give the Healthy Indiana Plan a year’s extension

By Jesse Wilson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced Tuesday that his administration has negotiated a deal with the federal government that will allow Indiana to continue the Healthy Indiana Plan through 2014. The deal would call for some changes in the state’s health insurance plan for low-income adults, also known as HIP. At […]

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Pence uses national address to laud state health plan

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence made a pitch to preserve the state’s health insurance plan for low-income adults when he delivered the national weekly Republican address on Saturday. Pence told listeners that the Healthy Indiana Plan is an example of the innovation taking place in states with Republican governors. “Giving people […]

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Pence tells feds HIP is only option for Indiana Medicaid expansion

By Megan Banta and Samm Quinn TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Gov. Mike Pence told the federal government on Wednesday that Indiana won’t expand Medicaid – unless it’s allowed to use its health savings account-based program to do it. Pence said the traditional Medicaid program has fundamental flaws that are costing Hoosiers money. “Medicaid is broken,” […]