Leaders Await Decision on Indiana Plan Expansion

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Two top Indiana Republicans hope the state soon has an answer on expanding the scope of its Healthy Indiana Plan medical savings accounts.

Gov. Mike Pence has asked the federal government to approve expanding coverage for low-income residents under the state-run plan. U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon and state Rep. Tim Brown said Tuesday that the state plan is a better option than using traditional Medicaid.

Indiana is one of many Republican-led states that have opted against expanding traditional Medicaid under the federal health reform law. Bucshon says the expansion leaves states on the hook for major costs in the future.

The expanded state-run plan would cost the state about the same as using Medicaid, but Republican leaders argue the state plan promotes personal responsibility.