Indiana’s Claims About Its Medicaid Experiment Don’t All Check Out

Then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announces that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has approved the state’s waiver request for its Medicaid plan in 2015.

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Then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announces that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has approved the state’s waiver request for its Medicaid plan in 2015.

Michael Conroy/AP

Indiana expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in 2015, with a few extra conditions that were designed to appeal to the conservative leadership in the state. The Federal government approved the experiment, called the Healthy Indiana Plan, or HIP 2.0, and it is now is up for another three-year renewal.

But a close reading of the state’s renewal application shows misleading and inaccurate information is being used to justify extending HIP 2.0.

This is important because the initial application and expansion happened on the watch of then-Governor, now-Vice President Mike Pence. And Seema Verma, who is now President Trump’s pick to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, helped design it. (Among other functions,

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/02/24/516704082/indiana-s-claims-about-its-medicaid-program-dont-all-check-out?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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