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Pence Unveils "HIP 2.0"

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has unveiled his plan to provide more Hoosiers with medical coverage.

Pence says that if his ideas are approved by the federal officials, 350,000 residents would be covered.

Pence's "HIP 2.0" proposal builds on the Healthy Indiana Plan that provides health savings accounts to about 40,000 people.

Pence has long objected to an expansion of Medicaid, which he says doesn’t work.

This new plan would offer several options of coverage.

The first would provide very limited coverage at little or no cost to those below 100 percent of the federal poverty level.

A second level to be called "HIP Plus" would include dental and vision coverage, a comprehensive drug program and maternity services.

Participants would pay $3 to $25 per month, based on income. A third option would give workers who can't afford their employers' health care can help with their premiums from the state. The proposal needs approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which administers the federal health reform law.