More than half a million Hoosiers are now covered because of the ACA, but a new report indicates that a small percentage of those people will see rising rates.
A state-commissioned evaluation by the Lewin Group found the majority of enrollees both below and above the poverty line chose the so-called “HIP Plus” account.
The move to codify HIP 2.0 in state law helps solidify the initiative but it may also pose restrictions.
Approximately 87-percent of Medicaid-eligible Hoosier kids had health insurance coverage in 2014.
The federal evaluation is to determine if transportation costs are preventing access to care.
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will evaluate whether a waiver to HIP 2.0 causes patients to miss appointments.
Critics have argued at one year old, locking HIP 2.0 into state statute is premature.
HIP 2.0 went into effect last February and provides insurance to some low-income Hoosiers.
Some – including supporters of the program – are concerned about the measure’s consequences.
The federal waiver Indiana received earlier this year to operate HIP 2.0 requires the state to hire an independent evaluator for the program.