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Gov. Pence touts new Medicaid alternative in Jeffersonville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Indiana Governor Mike Pence stopped at Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville Thursday to talk about the state's consumer-driven Medicaid expansion program.

HIP 2.0 is Indiana's response to Medicaid reform--a revamped version of former Governor Mitch Daniel's Healthy Indiana Plan.

"Medicaid--as I've said many times--isn't a program we should expand, it's a program we should reform," said Pence. "Indiana today is in the forefront of reforming Medicaid for our people."

Under HIP 2.0, low income Hoosiers ages 19-64 can receive health coverage through the state. The program requires participants to contribute to the cost of their care. The cost is based on income and household size and ranges from $1 per month to nearly $55 per month.

"When they make that payment, they can enroll in a program that has good benefits including vision and dental. When they fail to make that payment, they can lose coverage or have their benefits reduced and be required to make co-pays."

According to Pence, the expansion of HIP should cover 350,000 uninsured hoosiers.

Pence made it clear Thursday that his cooperation with Medicaid expansion did not translate into overall support of the Affordable Care Act.

"You'll never convince me that ordering every American to buy health insurance is the right solution to the challenges facing our healthcare economy in this country," said Pence. "Repealing Obamacare is one issue, but reforming Medicaid is the next."

For information on how to enroll in HIP 2.0, visit hip.in.gov

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