Pence submits request for Medicaid alternative

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is asking the federal government to pay for an expansion of Medicaid using a state-run alternative.

Pence formally submitted his proposal Tuesday. He wants to use a version of the state's Healthy Indiana Plan to provide health care coverage to about 458,000 of the state's low-income residents. He's asking the federal government to approve it as an alternative to traditional Medicaid coverage, which he calls "broken."

Pence filed the request with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He also filed a request to extend the state's waiver for the existing Healthy Indiana Plan another year if the expansion is rejected.

The proposal now enters a federal review period, including a call for public comments.

Read the state's application

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