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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Wants Meeting With Obama on Medicaid

By    |   Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 11:07 PM

Indiana's Republican Gov. Mike Pence has asked President Barack Obama to meet with him to talk about Pence's plan to expand Medicaid under Obamacare.

In an open letter to President Barack Obama, posted by the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Pence – whose name has increasingly come up as a possible contender for a White House bid in 2016 – declared "Indiana will not expand traditional Medicaid."

"The Healthy Indiana Plan is a better program than traditional Medicaid, and I cannot in good conscience relegate more Hoosiers to traditional Medicaid when a better and more effective alternative is available in the Healthy Indiana Plan," he wrote.

Under Pence and the Republican-controlled legislature, Indiana was one of more than 20 states initially refused to expand Medicaid this year, leaving 182,000 people uncovered.

But Pence is proposing an an alternative form of Medicaid expansion, using the existing state program – though its strict provision that revokes coverage if an enroll doesn't make payments might not sit well with the president, Talking Points Memo notes. 

"The Healthy Indiana Plan is a true success story and enjoys broad support in our state," Pence wrote. "[T]he Healthy Indiana Plan continues to be lauded by a diverse group of stakeholders including providers, coverage advocates, and legislators … [and] also is highly popular among those enrolled in the program, with member satisfaction rates of more than 95 percent."

Pence said he was meeting next week with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, but would like the chance to meet one-on-one with Obama.

The president will be in Indiana Friday, WTHR in Indianapolis reports. 

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