If Pence's plan is approved, it could provide coverage for an additional 400,000 low-income residents. If it is rejected, it could end coverage for the roughly 40,000 residents already enrolled in HIP. And a decision has to be made by June, six months before the state's current waiver expires. Additionally, Pence has said he might not sign off on the expansion using HIP even if he wins federal approval.
A pair of public hearings have been scheduled in Indianapolis next week. Denault said the final, completed waiver, should be submitted by April 11.