Healthy Indiana Plan Extends Coverage Through April

Those covered under the Healthy Indiana Plan will receive coverage four more months because of troubles with enrollment under the federal exchanges.

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The Healthy Indiana Plan has been extended four more months.

About 10,000 Hoosiers will be able to keep their medical coverage through April after the state announced today it’s extending coverage for people currently covered under the Healthy Indiana Plan.

Up to now, a family of four earning about $47,000 a year or 200 percent of the federal poverty level was eligible for the Healthy Indiana Plan, the state’s health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers.

Beginning in January, that income threshold will be lowered to 100 percent, roughly $23,000 a year for that family of four.

Those losing coverage were expected to transition to insurance plans through the healthcare marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act.  But after much-publicized problems with the marketplace website, Healthcare.gov, Indiana negotiated a temporary solution with the federal government.

We have a responsibility to assist Healthy Indiana Plan enrollees during this transition period,” FSSA Secretary Debra Minott said in a statement.

Family and Social Services Administration spokesman James Gavin says FSSA is still telling members to act quickly to obtain coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplace because signing up will still take some time and the four month extension likely won’t be extended further.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS 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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