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Gov. Pence Undoing Series Of Medicaid Rate Cuts

Last updated on Friday, June 7, 2013

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Gov. Mike Pence is undoing a series of Medicaid rate cuts the state made while weathering the recession.

A Pence spokeswoman said Wednesday the increase would amount to 2 percent more for hospitals, nursing facilities, home health and immediate care providers. The Family and Social Services Administration cut the payments to Indiana hospitals in 2010 as the state struggled through the recession.

Indiana Hospital Association President Douglas Leonard opposed the 2010 cuts at the time and praised Wednesday's announcement.

The state had cut how much it pays hospitals and health providers for dental, vision, medical transportation and a handful of other health areas. Pence said "a healthy Indiana is a strong Indiana" and said the increased rates were possible because of the state's improved financial standing.

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