- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Evansville Courier & Press. May 19, 2014.

HIP 2.0 seeks to help low-income Hoosiers

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has decided to try Indiana state health care his way. To Pence’s credit, it reminds us of former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who attempted multiple programs as he felt they should be done.

Last week, Pence unveiled a proposal that he said would cover 350,000 residents with health care coverage as an alternative to Medicaid.

Of course, it will require the approval of the federal government, which has been less than pleased with the Pence administration for refusing to embrace President Barack Obama’s health care reform. Instead, Pence has been seeking federal approval to use Indiana’s Healthy Indiana Plan, which provides health savings accounts to about 40,000 Hoosiers. According to The Associated Press, Indiana has wanted to use the Healthy Indiana program as Indiana’s mechanism for reaching uninsured Hoosiers.

Indeed, Pence has objected to using an expansion of Medicaid to reach those uninsured citizens.

Pence has called Medicaid a broken “fiscal monstrosity.”

What he wants to do is offer a two-tiered program of coverage, to be called HIP 2.0. The first would provide limited coverage at little or no cost below 100 percent of the federal poverty level. Another tier, HIP Plus would include dental and vision coverage, and other service at a cost of $3 to 25 per month, based on income. A third option would give workers who can’t afford their employers’ health care some help from the state with their premiums.

Pence said HIP would help low income residents be personally responsible for their health care.

What awaits now is a determination, especially by low-income Hoosiers, about whether this would work for them.


Journal & Courier, Lafayette. May 17, 2014.

Expecting educators to be armed guards

By putting guns into the hands of its administrators and school board members, the North White School Corp. made a stand that educators need to be front-line defenders against the prospects of someone coming to campus bent on killing.

Thought to be the first of its sort in Indiana, the policy would allow principals, the superintendent, board members and other administrators to carry a holstered handgun at school and at school events. The policy also calls for those who choose that option to go through annual training before patrolling the halls while armed.

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