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Faced With A Tight-Lipped Governor, Reporter Digs Up Cost Of Medicaid Cuts

A scene from the National Governors Association meeting, where details about the impact of federal Medicaid cuts was disclosed.
A scene from the National Governors Association meeting, where details about the impact of federal Medicaid cuts was disclosed.

The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette's Niki Kelly has been covering the Indiana Statehouse for years. Working the beat that long instills a reporter with insider knowledge of "where the bodies are buried," so to speak. 

So when Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, a Republican, remained vague on details of how the state would react to the Senate's Affordable Care Act Replacement plan—and it's subsequent cuts to Medicaid, Kelly uncovered state proposals of how to recoup lost funds inside a presentation from the National Governor's Association Meeting earlier this month. 

The lowdown: under the Senate's plan, Indiana would lose nearly $5 billion in Medicaid funding, receiving 14 percent less than what it's allotted under current law. 

According to the presentation, raising taxes, creating work requirements for entitlements and cutting provider reimbursements could help the state fill the hole, among other proposals. Read about them all here.

Health care plan would have cost Indiana nearly $5 billion | Indiana | Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana would have lost $4.9 billion in funding for the poor, disabled and elderly on Medicaid under the failed Senate healthcare bill ...

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