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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence pauses during a speech in Indianapolis, on Jan. 27, 2015. (Photo by Michael Conroy/AP)

GOP governor embraces Medicaid expansion

Indiana has become the latest GOP-controlled state to embrace Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, having successfully convinced the Obama administration to make significant reforms to the program. Republican Gov. Mike Pence announced Tuesday that Indiana would be moving forward with the expansion. Known as Healthy Indiana, it will replace traditional Medicaid for all non-disabled residents between 19 and 64. Unlike traditional Medicaid, Healthy Indiana will require participants to make monthly contributions in order to receive full coverage. Those under the federal poverty line (FPL)—$11,670 for single adults—will have to pay between $1 and $20 per month to avoid losing dental, vision, and other ancillary benefits. Those earning slightly more than the poverty line—up to $15,171 as a single adult, or 138% above the FPL—will be locked out of coverage for six months if they miss two premium payments in a row. The maximum required payment will be $26 for those at 138% above the federal poverty line, according to Kara Brooks, a spokeswoman for the Indiana governor’s office. The plan also includes a co-pay for using the emergency room.

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