High Court Decision to Uphold Obamacare Will Affect Indiana

By Daniela Salvador

July 12, 2012 Updated Jul 12, 2012 at 5:52 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold what's commonly known as Obamacare has ramifications right here in the Hoosier state.

Last month's Supreme Court decision on the affordable care act gave states the option to opt out of the Medicaid expansion of the provision.

State governments must decide by next year if they want to participate.

Governor Mitch Daniels says the expansion would be too costly for Hoosier taxpayers, and the state simply can't afford it. Daniels says he will leave the decision up to his successor and a new general assembly.

According to a report commissioned by the state, a full expansion would increase the number of Indiana Medicaid participants in 2019 from more than 1.2 million to1.8 million.

The total cost would be nearly $3.9 billion a year, although the federal government would pay more than 85 percent.

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