Gov. Pence meeting with Sebelius this month

WLFI File Photo
WLFI File Photo

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI)- Governor Mike Pence wants to expand the state’s Healthy Indiana Plan instead of expanding Medicaid. He will meet with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius about the topic this month.

The governor’s office said the meeting will happen  when Pence is in Washington D.C. at the end of the month.

The plan has been expanded for one year.

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Director of Communications Jim Gavin said the expansion grants coverage to qualified individuals on the waiting list. At one point more than 50,000 people were on the waiting list. Since the expansion about 3,400 people have been able to qualify.

“There is plenty of room now in the program,” Gavin said. “We still think we have somewhere around 16,000-17,000 spots open.”

A new income requirement mandates Healthy Indiana Plan users make less than 100 percent of the federal poverty level, or just more than $11,000 a year individually.

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