Daily roundup: May 16, 2014

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

  • Indiana: Gov. Mike Pence (R) on Thursday unveiled a plan to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), an insurance program for low-income residents, as an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Indiana launched HIP in 2008 with a five-year federal waiver, billing it as the nation's first consumer-directed health plan for low-income residents. The new proposal, which could extend access to HIP to as many as 500,000 people, will require federal approval (O'Malley, AP/Louisville Courier-Journal, 5/14; Berggoetz, Indianapolis Star, 5/15).

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  • Missouri: A proposal to expand Medicaid to 300,000 Missouri residents who earn up to 138% of the federal poverty level appears to be dead in the state Senate in the final week of the legislative session, according to St. Louis Business Journal (Yokley, "St. Louis Biz Talk," St. Louis Business Journal, 5/14).

  • Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh police say they have arrested a woman after she crashed a stolen car into the main entrance of UPMC Mercy hospital, injuring four people. The woman faces charges related to stealing the vehicle, recklessly endangering people, aggravated assault, criminal mischief, and driving without a license. The hospital has temporarily placed wooden boards over the damaged area of the hospital (Cipriani, WTAE News 4, 5/14)

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