Indiana’s application to expand its state-run health insurance package includes a proposal to use the program to help people find jobs.
Along with expanding health coverage, the Pence administration wants to create what it calls “Gateway to Work.” People who enroll in the Healthy Indiana Plan would also be referred to state job training programs and the Indiana CareerConnect job search service.
According to the application submitted Wednesday “All non-disabled adults on the program who are unemployed or working less than 20 hours a week will be referred, as a condition of HIP 2.0 eligibility, to the State’s existing workforce training programs and work search resources.”
Governor Mike Pence says the new requirement is a chance to help people boost their incomes. Indiana‘s application says studies indicate people with jobs are physically and mentally healthier.
Pence says the state is prepared to work with the federal government on tweaks to the program. He’s hoping to roll out the expanded program “as early as possible” in 2015 following federal approval.
But he warns the expansion is contingent on the government approving continuation of the health savings accounts at the center of HIP since its creation.
Pence says giving patients the financial incentive to make good health choices is critical to ensuring the program’s success.