HIP 2.0 Includes New Workforce Training Requirement

The application for Medicaid expansion, submitted to the Federal Government on Wednesday, includes a requirement that applicants receive job skills training

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HIP 2.0 is an expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan.

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.

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  • Bob Eckert

    The ACA Medicaid expansion directive which sends funds to states (who, if they refuse to expand Medicaid will forfeit money they have paid in to the federal portion of the existing Medicaid program) to make sure everyone gets effective health coverage is supported by hospitals, doctors, the AMA, and the majority of the American people does not have anything to do with job training, it is about health coverage. Pence has weakened his request (which he intended to do to make it look like the big bad federal government doesn’t care about Indiana) by attaching the job training (there are a myriad number of federal and state job training programs already) because he makes health coverage contingent upon job training. Health and Human Services hopefully will reject this blatant attempt to make the ACA look bad and make Pence look good by throwing in everything but the kitchen sink into HIP. The law is clear and was passed by Congress, a Republican Congress, you cannot use the Medicaid money for ANYTHING else expect for health care expenses.
    Period. Full Stop. Pence thinks somehow this will help him become dictator, oops, I mean president Pence.

  • anymajordude

    I fail to see how the very basic human right to accessible health care (yes, even for those tiresome poor people!) has anything to do with “personal responsibility,” as trumpeted by HIP 2.0′s odious cost-sharing requirements, or this B.S. workforce training program, which I’m doubtful will do anything much to further tough employment prospects. Just another hoop for people living with the noose of poverty around their necks to jump through.

  • http://www.johnathangrant.com/ Johnathan Grant

    The key here is “referral” – no one legally can be, nor will they be, required to complete any job training as a condition of eligibility. However, the state is free to refer clients of one program (HIP) to any other program that they may be eligible for, such as Indiana Career Connect. I see this as harmless. If it can help people get better jobs, so be it.

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