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Democrats continue the push for affordable health care

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), states were given the ability to expand Medicaid services to their most vulnerable citizens with 100% of the expansion being funded by the federal government through 2016. Since 2012, Senate Democrats have made this health care expansion a legislative priority by offering a number of proposals that would for the first time offer affordable health care options to 400,000 Hoosiers, create 30,000 high-paying jobs, and bring billions of dollars of additional economic activity to the state of Indiana.

After a year of negotiations to establish Indiana’s mechanism for expanding Medicaid under the ACA, the governor recently submitted a proposal to the federal government to expand health care coverage in Indiana. Although the final details of the proposal have not been approved by the Center for Medicaid Services (CMS), Senate Democrats are encouraged by the governor embracing the president’s health care law and working with the federal government to expand health care to working Hoosiers.

However, members of the Senate Democratic Caucus have long pointed to the years of federal funding, health care coverage, job growth and economic development that have been lost due to the indecision of the governor and Statehouse Republicans.

We have compiled an easy-to-read timeline of what has taken place in Indiana government and highlighted the most significant events regarding the expansion of Medicaid in Indiana.

Medicaid Expansion Timeline

VIDEO: Hume initiative allows veterans to apply training toward job market

State Senator Lindel Hume authored a bill that was approved and signed by the governor expanding job opportunities for Emergency Medical Technician veterans. As a top priority for the Indiana Senate Democrats, Senate Bill 290 will allow medically-trained veterans to become certified through the Indiana Emergency Medical Services Commission if they have prior experience in medical services fields. Upon passing testing requirements, applicants will be issued licenses without undergoing supplementary education while temporary licenses will be applied to veterans who need to complete additional training.

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VIDEO: Hume reflects on passage of bills assisting veterans

State Senator Lindel Hume explains the importance of two veterans bills, including EMS certification for medically-trained veterans and property tax deductions for spouses of deceased veterans.

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Hume expresses concern over fiscal impact of Healthcare Compact

Senator Lindel Hume explains House Bill 1269, a bill that would appeal to Congress for complete state control of the Medicaid program. Sen. Hume worries that Hoosiers will receive less timely care and that the potentially large financial burden would create unforeseen financial issues.

Senate Democrats’ comments from Feb. 1 “Right to Work” floor debate

Senate Democrats rallied one last time on Wednesday to speak out against the contentious “Right to Work” bill as it gained passage in the Indiana State Senate. With a vote of 28 to 22, House Bill 1001 was sent to Governor Daniels who promptly signed the legislation this afternoon. Click the links below to listen to Senate Democratic Caucus members floor comments in opposition to the legislation. (Read more about events of Feb. 1 >>)

SEN. SIMPSON: “Weeks and months from now I want you to ask yourself this question; Was it worth it?…”

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SEN. SIMPSON: “Right to work is a race to the bottom, it’s a downward spiral…”

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SEN. ROGERS : “There’s a different relationship between management and unions now and we don’t need to interfere…”

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SEN. SKINNER: “I don’t believe for a minute that companies are going to flock to Indiana…”

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