Health workers to leave Indianapolis after Trump administration moves to block coverage
Indianapolis — Health workers at an Indianapolis hospital are set to leave the city under a Trump administration move to block their coverage under President Donald Trump’s administration.
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell will announce Friday that all health care providers in Indiana will have to pay a fee for providing emergency care, but the agency is not requiring that hospitals comply with the new rules.
The move comes as the Trump administration pushes for states to expand Medicaid, the federal health insurance program for the poor.
The move is a continuation of the administration’s push to gut the Affordable Care Act and the Trumpcare law, both of which have been implemented under President Barack Obama.
The Trump administration announced in March that it would allow insurers to deny health coverage to millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions.
The decision came after a bipartisan group of states sued the Trump government, saying it was unconstitutional.
The groups filed a complaint with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Burwell will meet with several medical providers in Indianapolis and in the area to review the rules, Burwell said Friday.
She said the rule is not intended to create a government monopoly and the rule does not apply to non-essential care providers.
I don’t know what it will look like, but I will do my best to ensure that providers have the ability to operate under the current rules, she said.
The Trump administration is seeking to limit the amount of coverage that health care workers can get, saying they are understaffed and are having difficulty making ends meet.
The rules would not apply in rural areas where the cost of coverage is relatively high, the agency said.
A spokesman for Burwell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.