Indiana hopes to extend health insurance program to 2030

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana plans to seek federal approval to continue a health insurance program that covers about 418,000 low-income residents amid a pending lawsuit that could eliminate nearly all the program’s funding.

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration posted a notice of its intent to request the Healthy Indiana Plan extend until 2030. It would otherwise expire at the end of 2020.

The program is funded by federal Medicaid dollars, but Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill Jr. is backing the lawsuit that would eliminate the Affordable Care Act. The Times reported Monday that without federal funding, Indiana likely could not afford to continue HIP.

FSSA spokesman Jim Gavin says the agency is monitoring the lawsuit and remains committed to HIP.

Hill argues that the law is government overreach.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.nwitimes.com

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