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Gov. Mike Pence Agrees on Obamacare Medicaid Expansion for Indiana

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By    |   Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 04:11 PM

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has finally come to terms with the Obama administration on Medicaid expansion in his state, adding to a number of conservative Republicans who are embracing in part some measures of the Obamacare health insurance program, The Washington Post reported.

Pence, mentioned as a possible 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, said Tuesday that he had reached an understanding after negotiating for several months with Washington on voluntary coverage expansion of the state's Medicaid program.

With his agreement, Indiana becomes the 28th state to join the health plan, which will cover "an estimated 350,000 low-income adult Hoosiers earning under 138 percent of the poverty level, or about $16,105 for an individual," the Post noted.

The Indiana plan does not track lockstep with other Medicaid expansions under Obamacare, the Post noted of Pence's decision to strike an agreement.

Pence said he still hopes that Obamacare will be repealed.

"With this decision, our state can begin to cover the uninsured working poor, the Indiana way," Pence said, according to The Indianapolis Star, which called his efforts "a big win after resisting traditional Medicaid as called for under the Affordable Care Act."

Despite the accolades, Pence has seen criticism from some on the right for moving away from details in a plan outlined by his predecessor Mitch Daniels that the Post noted contained a dose of "conservative DNA." Others who supported Obamacare also criticized the governor, saying his version of the expansion, the Healthy Indiana Plan, was too complex and would be difficult to administer.

The Washington Examiner's Philip Klein said Pence "caved" in making his decision.

"Pence argues that his expansion of Medicaid is actually a victory for market-based principles because of concessions he won from the Obama administration providing the state more flexibility over the implementation of the program," Klein wrote. "But this is merely window dressing."

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has finally come to terms with the Obama administration on Medicaid expansion in his state, adding to a number of conservative Republicans who are embracing in part some measures of the Obamacare health insurance program, The Washington Post reported.
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