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Healthy Ind. Plan extension lauded, more work needed

September 21, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS — The test run of an Indiana program aimed at providing affordable health care to otherwise uninsured adults will be extended by a year as officials continue negotiating with the federal government about using it to expand Medicaid.
As part of a deal with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Pence administration will lower the amount residents can earn before they qualify for the state-run Healthy Indiana Plan while pushing more residents into the federal health insurance exchange.
State leaders are trying to persuade CMS that the program should be used for the Medicaid expansion called for under the new federal health care law, and the deal buys them more time.

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