On Friday, U.S. Health and Human Services approved Indiana’s request to impose additional requirements on Medicaid recipients in the state.
The approval makes Indiana one of only two states that require residents receiving Medicaid to have a job. Kentucky has applied for similar stipulations.
Jesse Cross-Call, Senior Policy Analyst for the DC-based, non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, says the approval took place, even though Indiana’s own evaluations concluded that additional requirements for Medicaid recipients made them less likely to continue to have healthcare coverage.
The approval comes after the former president of Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals, Alex Azar, was appointed as the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Cross-Call says the approval of Indiana’s additional requirements for residents to get Medicaid highlights the state’s growing influence over national healthcare policy. Here is Jesse Cross Call of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities speaking with WFHB News Director Wes Martin.