Since taking office in January, Governor Mike Pence has been singularly focused on extending the Healthy Indiana Plan for another year. The federal government granted that extension earlier this month.
Pence’s administration has now shifted focus to health care expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Debra Minott says the state wants to expand health insurance coverage to more Hoosiers using the Healthy Indiana Plan.
When questioned by lawmakers Monday whether there is a chance the federal government will allow the state to expand health insurance coverage using HIP, Minott says she believes Indiana is “in the ballpark.”
She says there will be a teleconference with federal officials this week to go over questions each side has, including federal misgivings about HIP’s health savings accounts.
“They’re concerned, for instance, that our contributions to a POWER account are really a premium,” Minott says. “And we’ve had extensive discussions with them to explain to them that there is a significant difference between a contribution to a savings account and an insurance premium.”
She did not give a timetable on when the federal government might make a decision.
Indiana Family and Social Services Secretary Debra Minott