The Affordable Care Act provided insurance exchanges for people making between 100% to 400% of the poverty level, and expanded Medicaid to all individuals making up to 133% of the poverty level. However, a decision by the US Supreme Court opened a loophole for states to "opt out" of the Medicaid expansion. Indiana is one of 25 states that is not expanding Medicaid coverage, making nearly 400,000 Hoosiers simultaneously "too poor" and "not poor enough" for health insurance.
Indiana has attempted to fill this gap with the Healthy Indian Plan (HIP), an insurance plan funded though cigarette taxes that is currently only capable of covering less than 10% of the people falling into the Coverage Gap. It also has a reputation for refusing people simply by virtue of not having children. HIP also requires up to 5% premiums and caries an $1,100 deductible.
We, the undersigned, believe that this is not enough. We petition all lawmakers in Indiana's House and Senate, along with Governor Mike Pence himself, to expand Indiana's Medicaid to include everyone making up to 133% of the poverty level, and do away with the Healthy Indiana Plan.