Jackson, Moseley co-authored bill sent to the Senate

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A bill, coauthored by State Reps. Carolyn Jackson (D-Hammond) and Chuck Moseley (D-Portage), to extend the expiration date for Medicaid reimbursement for out-of-state children's hospitals, was passed out of the House and now heads to the Senate.

“I'm so excited to see this bill advance to the Senate,” Jackson said. “In my district, where they just closed down the only available hospital, families need options to get sick children the help they need. For too many people in my district, families have to take their sick babies to Riley's Hospital for Children nearly three hours away, or travel 35 minutes to a facility in Chicago. For those choosing the quickest option to get their kid help, we need to ensure they're able to retain Medicaid coverage in bordering states. This bill would do just that, and I'm hopeful this will move through the Senate and onto Gov. Holcomb's desk.”

“It should be a priority to expand access to health care, and this bill is a great way to get that done,” Moseley said. “For families that live close to the state's border, this legislation could be a financial life-saver in the event of an emergency. We need to put people's lives and well-being over economics, and we can do that by making sure that folks on Medicaid will not be financially burdened if they have to seek care in a neighboring state. This legislation opens the door for people to seek the best possible care available to them, and it will surely help save the lives of Hoosier kids. I'm thankful that this bill passed through the House, and I look forward to seeing it move through the Senate.”

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