(Indianapolis, Ind.) - A panel of lawmakers are backing Indiana Governor Mike Pence in his request for a Medicaid waiver of the federal Patient Privacy and Affordable Care Act.
On Monday, the House Public Health Committee had an 8-5 bipartisan vote on Senate Bill 551. The legislation gives the governor permission to negotiate with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on a Medicaid expansion required under the new health care law.
Pence wants to use the Healthy Indiana Plan instead of Medicaid to cover 400,000 Hoosiers. He’s previously called the Medicaid system “broken” and could potentially cost the state $2 billion over seven years.
Conversely, the Indiana Hospital Association commissioned a study which estimated the state’s cost of a Medicaid expansion at $503 million through 2020.
SB 551 now goes to the Ways and Means Committee or the full House.