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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Richard Feldman: Indiana should expand Medicaid"

Richard Feldman, director of medical education and family medicine residency at Franciscan St. Francis Health and is a former state health commissioner, makes a strong case for Medicaid expansion in this opinion piece this morning in the Indianapolis Star. He concludes:

If Indiana rejects expansion, Indiana tax dollars, rather than benefiting Hoosiers, will go to other states to support their expansion programs.

Gov. Mike Pence and most Republican lawmakers are loath to expand traditional-styled Medicaid. Two bills have been introduced with alternative expansion models that would provide for greater state autonomy and the patient accountability and cost-sharing characteristics of the Healthy Indiana Plan. But so far HIP has been rejected by the federal government as a Medicaid alternative. If the state and the feds remain uncompromising, Indiana’s expansion opportunity could be lost.

Existing money has been identified as possible funding sources for Medicaid expansion, including redirected money from the anticipated dissolution of the state high-risk insurance program.

To pass on this opportunity would be fiscally imprudent and morally wrong.

Some may say it is unfortunate lawmakers are not held to a fiduciary standard with respect to the citizens they represent.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 19, 2013 09:00 AM
Posted to Indiana Government