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State gets the OK: Healthy Indiana insurance program extended 10-years

Medicaid alternative serves nearly 600,000 people
State medical insurance program extended 10-years
Posted at 3:59 PM, Oct 26, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — The state's Healthy Indiana medical insurance plan (HIP) will be around for at least 10 more years.

That's good news for the nearly 600,000 low-income adult Hoosiers who depend HIP for medical coverage.

Governor Eric Holcomb announced Monday that Indiana has received approval to continue its alternative to traditional Medicaid expansion for 10-years.

“Today’s extension empowers more than half a million Hoosiers to continue receiving quality health care coverage from our innovative HIP program,” Governor Holcomb said. “As a national model for a state-led, consumer-driven approach, HIP helps Hoosiers experience improved health outcomes and better lives.”

The federal approval includes a 5-year extensions of some of the newer components of Indiana’s HIP program that provide treatment for substance use disorder and serious mental illness for 88,000 people.

“With this approval, our health policy leaders at FSSA will be able to spend more time operating, evaluating and improving HIP, as well as engaging members and partners,” said Jennifer Sullivan, M.D., M.P.H., Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) Secretary.

HIP was created in 2007 under then Governor Mitch Daniels and expanded in 2015 as an alternative to traditional Medicaid expansion. Monday's approval marks the first time Washington has approved a state’s Medicaid waiver for a comprehensive health benefits program for a period of 10-years.

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