Gov. Mike Pence announced Jan. 27 that the state received approval from the federal government to use an updated version of the consumer-driven Healthy Indiana Plan or HIP 2.0, instead of Medicaid to offer health care access to uninsured Hoosiers. The Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) is now taking applications; coverage began Feb. 1.
“This has been a long process, but real reform takes work,” said Gov. Pence.
HIP 2.0 participants must contribute to a POWER account, which they manage like a health savings account, and are rewarded for using preventive care. The plan offers low-income Hoosiers an option to receive assistance in purchasing private-market insurance through their employers, called HIP Link.
With this approval, Indiana will end traditional Medicaid for all non-disabled Hoosiers between 19 and 64 and will continue to offer the first-ever consumer-driven health care plan for a low-income population.
In addition, the state will reform its traditional Medicaid program by increasing reimbursement for health care providers. You are not automatically enrolled as a HIP provider. Contact each of the managed care entities before providing services to make sure you are contracted and complete any applicable process.
Learn more at in.gov.
FSSA hosted a HIP 2.0 implementation webinar in Indianapolis on Feb. 16, 2015. Access it here. (Updated Feb. 17, 2015)