Pence Meets With HHS Secretary On HIP 2.0

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

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Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind.

July 30, 2014 Updated Jul 30, 2014 at 3:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (21Alive) - Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., met Wednesday with U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to discuss the proposed Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0.

Pence was complimentary of Mathews Burwell meeting with him, but adds some differences remain. The meeting was "a serious and substantive discussion about our proposal (HIP 2.0)."

The Healthy Indiana Plan is a consumer-driven health insurance program that would replace traditional Medicaid through health care coverage expansion to low-income Hoosiers.

The state filed a HIP 2.0 waiver application on July 2, and the governor meets with the secretary with hopes the state program will be approved.

"The State of Indiana is determined to continue to work in good faith to make our case for expanding the Healthy Indiana Plan to more Hoosiers," Pence said in a statement. "We are hopeful that the federal government will give us the freedom and flexibility to empower Hoosiers to take charge of their health and wellness in a fiscally responsible manner."

While in Washington, Pence will meet with Indiana's congressional delegation on Thursday.




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