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Providers overwhelmingly back Pence's Medicaid expansion

Andrew Harnik / AP

Indiana's conservative twist on Medicaid expansion — approved when Mike Pence was governor — has solid support among health care providers in the state. The two main reasons: It pays better than standard Medicaid rates, and they prefer it to no expansion at all, which would have left them on the hook for more charity care.

Why it matters: A big problem with Medicaid is getting enough doctors and other providers to participate — so when they support the program, they're going to treat more Medicaid patients. That works out better for everyone, and it's more likely to make Indiana a model for for other Republican-led states to change their Medicaid programs.