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Extending high risk pool coverage not best possible approach to protecting all Hoosiers

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For immediate release:
Oct. 31, 2013


STATEHOUSE - Following an announcement by the Indiana Department of Insurance that it would extend insurance coverage for Hoosiers considered "high risk" through Jan. 31, 2014, State Rep. Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis) has issued the following statement:

      “I agree that this decision had to be made to ensure that those most at risk do not lose their insurance coverage.

      “However, these circumstances again point out the need for us to work with the federal government in setting up an exchange operated by the state of Indiana. I think we could do a better job than Washington in using the machinery of the Affordable Care Act to help protect the lives of Hoosiers.

      “The governor needs to reconsider his actions in refusing to have a state-run exchange.

      “At the very least, I believe that Indiana needs to do a better job of informing Hoosiers about the details of the federal health care law and how we can benefit from it. Other states are making this effort. Indiana should, too.”

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