Daniels to let Pence decide if Indiana will get health insurance markets

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

Friday is the deadline for states to let the federal government know if they will be setting up health insurance markets under President Obama's health care law.

So far, Mississippi and New Mexico, both led by Republicans, are going ahead with the state insurance markets.

Iowa and Ohio are considering partnerships with Washington.

Indiana governor Mitch Daniels spoke with NewsCenter 16 Thursday and said he is leaving it up to the governor-elect, Mike Pence.

“We researched the facts and made them available to each of the three candidates, getting involved with the act would be very expensive to $60 million a year to operate an exchange, if I recall. and Medicaid would be hundreds of millions of dollars, so it's a high stakes decision,” said Daniels.

Pence sent a letter to Governor Daniels reiterating his recommendation that Indiana should not develop a state-based exchange saying the costs are too high.

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