Indiana becomes latest state to expand Medicaid through Obamacare – Los Angeles Times

Indiana on Tuesday became the latest state to expand its Medicaid program through the Affordable Care Act, as another Republican governor agreed to accept federal dollars to extend government health coverage to low-income state residents.

Starting Feb. 1, an estimated 350,000 uninsured, poor Indianans will be able to enroll in Medicaid, a long-held goal of healthcare leaders and patient advocates in the state who have bemoaned poor health outcomes there.

Indiana’s move, which had been closely watched nationally, marks a significant victory for the Obama administration. It has been working to persuade Republican state leaders to back coverage expansions made possible through the 2010 health law often called Obamacare.

“The administration will continue to work with governors interested in expanding Medicaid to devise approaches that work for their states while keeping faith with the law’s goals and consumer protections,” Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said Tuesday after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced the expansion.

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