The Hoosier State soon will be seeing higher Medicaid enrollment.
Indiana on Tuesday became the 28th state to get approval for expanding its Medicaid program, as a key Obamacare component continued making inroads among Republican governors.
Up to 350,000 Indiana residents will be eligible for the program that covers poor people, starting Feb. 1, according to a report in the Indianapolis Star.
But those newly eligible people, who earn less than 138 percent of the federal poverty line, will be required to pay at least a fraction of the costs of the coverage. In 2015, that income level will amount to $16,242 annually.
The Star reported that those people will have to pay contributions of between $3 to $25 every month toward the cost of their health coverage. If such an enrollee makes less than 100 percent of the FPL, or $11,770 annually, and doesn't pay that contribution, they will be shifted to a basic health plan that will require they make co-payments for medical services, the Star noted.
To impose such cost-sharing on Medicaid recipients required Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to get a waiver from the Obama administration, which he did after nearly two years of negotiations. The administration noted that it did not approve a work requirement for enrollees.
Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in a press release said that CMS and its parent, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "are committed to working with states to design programs uniquely their own, while maintaining essential health benefits guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act and other key consumer protections consistent with the law."