- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The top Democrat in the Indiana Senate is applauding the federal approval of Gov. Mike Pence’s proposal for expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan.

Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (LAN’-in) calls the approval a “victory for working Hoosiers” but says he’s concerned that Pence left thousands of people without health care coverage since they earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to qualify for insurance subsidies.

Lanane says it will drive down premiums for insured Indiana residents and eliminate use of emergency rooms for primary care.

The Indiana Hospital Association agrees it will reduce premiums for those with existing coverage. Association President Doug Leonard says in a statement that having fewer uninsured patients will lower the cost of delivering services.

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