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HIP extension will continue health care coverage for current enrollees
e-Reports, Sept. 16, 2013
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About 37,000 Hoosiers enrolled in the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) will continue to receive medical coverage thanks to a negotiated agreement between the state and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The year-long extension allows the program to retain its consumer-driven model and health saving accounts, according to Secretary of Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Debra Minott. Additionally, CMS has provided the state tools to manage enrollment and maintain the program’s fiscal sustainability.

“Securing a waiver to continue the Healthy Indiana Plan is a victory for Hoosiers enrolled in this innovative program and will ensure that Indiana remains at the forefront of consumer-driven health care in the United States,” said Gov. Mike Pence.

Established in 2008, HIP began under a five-year waiver from the federal government and was the nation’s first consumer-directed plan for Medicaid recipients. It is a state health insurance program for uninsured adult Hoosiers who earn less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level and who are without access to employer-sponsored health insurance.

Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, the state has sought to continue the program and has been in constant discussions with CMS.

Learn more about HIP and the federal extension at in.gov.

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