Several times during his presentation Terry made some predictions about what could happen, but he made it very clear that these were just his opinions. He explained that Washington was still making changes and it would be hard to see how everything is working out this early in the program.
Indiana decided not to participate in the Medicaid expansion of the Affordable Care Act while all those states around us chose to go along with the federal plan. Indiana is one of the 14 states that will lose more than $8.5 billion that could go to help uninsured Hoosiers with disabilities and serious illnesses. Those of us in Indiana who pay federal taxes will not see those tax dollars coming back to Indiana to help over 400,000 elderly and disabled who need insurance. What will happen to them? How will Hoosiers be treated in comparison to people in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky?
Dennis Lanane is chairman of Madison County Triad. His column appears the first Sunday of each month. He can be reached at email@example.com.