February 02,2018

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Wyden Statement on Azar Approval of Harmful Indiana Medicaid Waiver

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement after Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar travelled to Indiana to announce the approval of that state’s Medicaid waiver, which includes numerous policies that would harm Americans who count on the program:

“In his first major act since joining the administration, Secretary Azar has given Indiana the greenlight to discriminate against low-income Americans who are just trying to stay healthy and get ahead,” Wyden said. “Policies that lock people out of the health care system for months at a time or place onerous barriers in the way of coverage do not make Medicaid better at providing health care. It just makes families’ lives more difficult – period.”