Rosemary Shudick of Merrillville. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 30, 2012 6:22AM
NUMBER OF UNINSURED: 850,000 state residents are uninsured, or about 13.4 percent.
WHERE THE STATE STANDS: Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels ordered state agencies to build a framework for an online health insurance marketplace, a cornerstone of the federal law, but he had not implemented one pending the Supreme Court ruling. Indiana also has pushed to use its health savings account to help cover an estimated 500,000 who will become eligible for Medicaid in 2014 under the federal health care overhaul, but federal officials denied the request in September, saying it was premature.
WHAT HAPPENS NOW: The state must decide by Nov. 16 whether to set up its own online insurance marketplace, join the federal one, or form some type of partnership with the federal government. Indiana also must decide whether to proceed with its proposal to use its health savings account to expand Medicaid coverage or opt out of the expansion.