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Hearing On Healthy Indiana Plan Expansion Set For Wednesday

HIP 2.0 would expand coverage to uninsured adults ages 19 to 64 with household income below 138 percent of the federal poverty limit.

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HIP 2.0 is an expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan.

The Family Social Services Administration is holding two public hearings this week on the proposed expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan, which Gov. Mike Pence is asking the federal government to approve as an alternative to Medicaid expansion.

HIP 2.o, as it’s being called, would expand the state-sponsored Healthy Indiana Plan to all non-disabled adults between the ages of 19 and 64 with household income below 138 percent of the federal poverty limit.

The first hearing will be Wednesday, May 28, at 9 a.m. at the Indiana Government Center South, Conference Center Room B, 402 West Washington Street, Indianapolis. The second will be held Thursday, May 29, at 1 p.m., at the Indiana State House, Room 156-B, 200 West Washington Street, Indianapolis. They will also be streamed online.

If the federal government approves HIP 2.0, it would extend Indiana’s Medicaid waiver through 2019 and would provide the state with financial assistance to expand health care coverage.

The plan is subject to a 30-day public comment period, which ends June 21.

  • HoosierMommy

    Several people have commented on other sites that the Governor’s plan has a $1500 deductible. Don’t know whether it’s true or not – have heard only about the HSA part of it, which is not a bad idea, as long as the required contributions are very low. However, to my mind, there should be NO deductible. These people are poor. Requiring them to pay a deductible is very likely to mean a choice between getting medical care and eating, or paying the rent. In other words, exactly the same situation they’re in now. If the idea is to promote health, it’s likely to be useless.

  • Bob Eckert

    The Health and Human Services dept has already rejected Pence’s request to approve HIP as a substitution for expanding Medicaid to include -the same- population of people. Expanding Medicaid will cost the state NOTHING for 10 years and then only 10% of the costs within Indiana would be shared by Indiana with Health and Human Services. In contrast, and consistent with Republicans pathologic, paranoid, obsessive-compulsive need to control everything at the state level whether it is good for the citizens or NOT, expanding HIP will cost Indiana taxpayers more than expanding Medicaid. HoosierMommy in another post here, notes that Pence’s plan has a deductible which the people the plan targets CANNOT AFFORD. This is not about helping -all- the people of Indiana to have healhcare or make them any healthier, it is about Pence’s desire to move up the political ladder to the Presidency. In addition, Pences plan does not allow bidding for administering the plan, Anthem will continue to administer HIP essentially for as long as HIP exists and we will have those costs as well, as opposed to NO costs for expaning Medicaid since Health and Human Services has already figured those costs into the Affordable Care Act which was enacted into law and when challenged, was upheld by our conservative Supreme Court. Wake up Hoosiers and demand expanding Medicaid so that we can move on to solving other problems that we all share.

  • anymajordude

    I absolutely agree, and I actually loathe the idea of these “POWER savings accounts” that HIP is requiring recipients to pay into — even though the amounts are small and range from $3 to $25 per doctor’s visit, I know how much of a sacrifice that is for a struggling person or family. However, if I read the fine print correctly, I don’t think families will have to pay the full $1,500 (or whatever it is) deductible. Rather, it’s a percentage of their income (1-2 percent, I believe) towards that total. But I could be wrong…? We need more information and analysis of this proposal.

  • anymajordude

    Yes, I agree, it’s absurd.

  • mama sea

    Pence is literally killing low income Indiana residents with his games on this. Everyone please remember this at voting time.

  • mama sea

    Completely agree.

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