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Ind. House panel considers Medicaid expansion

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By Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- A legislative committee is ready to consider a plan that would pay for an expansion of Medicaid using the state's Healthy Indiana Plan and federal block grants.

The House Public Health Committee plans to vote Monday on a Senate bill that contains much of what the Statehouse's Republican leaders have called for as they consider enrolling roughly 400,000 low-income residents in Medicaid. The Senate bill would direct Gov. Mike Pence to seek a waiver and federal block grants to run the expansion.

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Indiana's legislative leaders and Pence have balked at expanding Medicaid using the traditional program. But they have suggested expanding the program using a state-run program. The state-run alternative has become popular in Republican-led states but has not yet been approved by the Obama Health and Human Services Department.

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