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State health initiative in Indiana for poor may be on last legs

August 18, 2012 Leave a comment

The future of a state health insurance program for the working poor is in jeopardy after the federal government granted only a one-year extension for the effort.

The denial puts extra pressure on state lawmakers and the next Indiana governor who must decide next year whether to expand Medicaid, which provides health care for the poor and disabled.

Michael Gargano, Family and Social Services Administration secretary, said Friday he received notification from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services offering to approve a one-year extension for the Healthy Indiana Plan to Dec. 31, 2013.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services did not approve a multiyear extension for the program and declined to respond to the state’s questions about using it to serve Hoosiers who may be eligible under a Medicaid expansion if the state decides to do so in 2014.

See on www.journalgazette.net

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