Pence Sets Health Care Speech; Medicaid Alternative Pending

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Gov. Mike Pence is set to give a speech on health care policy as his administration has been awaiting a decision from federal officials on a proposal to expand Indiana's Medicaid-covered health saving accounts program for low-income residents.

Pence's speech is scheduled for Tuesday morning at a conference center on the north side of Indianapolis.

The Healthy Indiana Plan, or HIP program, that began under former Gov. Mitch Daniels now enrolls some 60,000 low-income Indiana residents.

Pence in July submitted his HIP 2.0 proposal to federal officials. He says it could cover an additional 350,000 low-income residents who otherwise don't qualify for Medicaid. Indiana's proposal would rely on optional payments by consumers and a hybrid health savings account.