Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels proposed financing expanded healthcare coverage for the uninsured with a 25-cent-to-50-cent increase in the state cigarette tax. The plan, if approved by the state General Assembly, would take effect Jan. 1, 2008. Daniels said a 25 cent increase in the state cigarette tax, accompanied by federal matching funds and individual payments, would fund healthcare coverage for 120,000 uninsured Indiana residents. A 50-cent increase would be enough to provide coverage to about 200,000 uninsured residents, he said. About 550,000 Indiana residents, or 14.3% of the states population, are uninsured. -- by Mark Taylor
Ind. governor proposes uninsured plan
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