INDIANAPOLIS – When it comes to access to quality health care, no Hoosier deserves to fall through gaps in the state’s coverage system. This is why the Indiana Hospital Association urges the federal CMS agency to quickly approve the new HIP 2.0 Healthy Indiana Plan which was just submitted by Governor Mike Pence. The plan would provide health care coverage for up to 350,000 residents of Indiana who fall in the coverage gap, just outside the income requirements to enroll in Medicaid and below the level to qualify for ACA tax credits.
“We are encouraged to see the final HIP 2.0 plan submitted for federal approval, and hopeful about what expanded health care access will mean to the people of our state,” said Doug Leonard, president of Indiana Hospital Association. “The approval of this program would mean 350,000 Hoosiers who would normally just go without will get vital preventive care. It means they will be able to go to bed at night, knowing they are covered if they get sick or have an accident. It means our hospitals will see fewer indigent patients, and patients who let illnesses linger until they become complex emergency room cases. It means our members will be able to focus on getting patients the kind of preventive, common-sense care that will help contain costs. This is a monumental step forward for the health of the state of Indiana,” Leonard said.
As proposed, there are three plans under the HIP 2.0 package: HIP Link, HIP Plus and HIP Basic. HIP 2.0 is better for health care providers than Medicaid, Leonard said, because the reimbursements rates for physicians are higher, making the program more sustainable and increasing access. In addition, HIP 2.0 eliminates the waiting lists under the original plan and provides more essential services such as maternity care and mental health services.