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3,400 Hoosiers Eligible For Healthy Indiana Plan

The state-run health coverage program is accepting everyone on its waiting list after tightening eligibility requirements.

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The Healthy Indiana Plan covers Hoosiers from 22 percent to 100 percent of the poverty line.

The Healthy Indiana Plan, the state’s health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers, has added all the applicants from its waiting list to the program for 2014. That list was dramatically shorter than in previous years

Last year, more than 50,000 Hoosiers were on the waiting list for the Healthy Indiana Plan. When the federal government approved the program’s renewal for 2014, it changed the scope of the program, forcing the state to lower the income eligibility ceiling.

The state’s Family and Social Services Administration contacted Hoosiers on the waiting list, inviting them to reapply if they thought they still met the new eligibility guidelines. Fewer than 5,000 reapplied and of those only about 3,400 are eligible to enroll.

FSSA says those who did not reapply may be eligible for health insurance premium support through the federal healthcare marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.

Clearing the smaller waiting list will still leave 17,000 spots open in the Healthy Indiana Plan. But some estimates say that could still leave hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers without an affordable health insurance option.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • pooka47401

    The Feds did not “Force” Indiana to lower the income limit, Indiana refused to expand Medicaid. Indiana replaced the Medicaid Expansion with HIP and they voted to lower the eligibility level from 200% of the Poverty level, to 100% so that they would not have to cover people.

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