What Indiana’s Health Policies Could Mean for the U.S.

The Future of Medicaid May Be Found in Indiana, Where the Poor Pay
– NPR

NPR interviewed Manatt’s Cindy Mann, a partner with Manatt Health, for an article about Seema Verma’s Medicaid program in Indiana.

Verma has been selected by President-elect Donald Trump as the new head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The publication suggests that Verma’s Indiana health policies, which focus heavily on personal responsibility, may give a preview of what is in store for national healthcare policy under the Trump administration.

“There are many ways to try and effectuate personal responsibility,” Mann said. “Some states have moved forward with healthy behavior initiatives, for example. Some states have done some premiums and co-pays.” Indiana’s plan requires everyone to contribute to a health savings account. “And so the responsibility was really translated into payment requirements, and with pretty strong consequences if somebody was unable to pay.”

Read the article here

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