More than 36 thousand Hoosiers with health insurance through the Healthy Indiana Plan will get to keep their plans for another year. Indiana reached an agreement with the federal government for an extension of the state’s health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers through 2014.
State lawmakers say discussion over how best to implement the Affordable Care Act will continue in the second half of this year’s legislative session. But Republican leaders say uncertainty about the financial burden placed on the state by Medicaid expansion likely eliminates that option.
Fully expanding Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act would add around 400,000 more Hoosiers to the program. For the first three years, the federal government will cover the entire cost. After that, the cost would be split, with the federal government eventually contributing 90%.