Pence submits HIP 2.0 waiver application to federal government

Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 (WISH Photo)
Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence submits a waiver application for the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 Wednesday to the federal government.

The waiver was submitted to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Pence said through this waiver, the state is seeking to expand HIP 2.0 to 350,000 uninsured Hoosiers.

A waiver to extend the current Healthy Indiana Plan, which covers 45,000 Hoosiers, was submitted by its deadline on Monday.

Indiana recently ended a 30-day comment period during which Hoosiers reviewed the expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan and submitted comments.

The state’s administration said they are hopeful for a timely response, so that more uninsured Hoosiers can realize the benefits of this successful, consumer-driven health plan.

The Healthy Indiana Plan began in 2008 under a five-year waiver from the federal government, and it was continued by two one-year waivers granted in 2012 and 2013.

It is the nation’s first consumer-directed plan for Medicaid recipients. Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, Indiana has sought to continue the program through a series of discussions and waiver requests.
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