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Pence Wins Approval to Expand Medicaid on Indiana's Terms

Michael " Mike" Pence, governor of Indiana, smiles during an interview in New York, U.S., on Thursday, May 16, 2013.

Michael " Mike" Pence, governor of Indiana, smiles during an interview in New York, U.S., on Thursday, May 16, 2013.

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Indiana has won federal approval to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul using a state plan for insuring low-income adults, Republican Governor Mike Pence announced.

Pence, a potential presidential candidate in 2016, has been negotiating with federal officials about expanding the Healthy Indiana Plan that he has said promotes “consumer-driven” care, with features such as required monthly contributions. The Obama administration approved the application for a waiver from Medicaid rules to offer coverage to 350,000 people starting Feb. 1, Pence said in a release.