Pence discusses HIP 2.0 with HHS Secretary Burwell

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

WASHINGTON (WLFI) – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence met with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to discuss the expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan through HIP 2.0.

“I appreciate the willingness of Secretary Burwell to have a serious and substantive discussion about our proposal to advance consumer-driven healthcare in Indiana through the Healthy Indiana Plan,” Pence told News 18 in a release.

Pence said while differences remain, Indiana is determined to continue to work to make our case for expanding the Healthy Indiana Plan to more Hoosiers.

“We are hopeful that the federal government will give us the freedom and flexibility to empower Hoosiers to take charge of their health and wellness in a fiscally responsible manner, Pence said.

Pence outlined the core elements of HIP 2.0 which would distinguish the program from Medicaid.

  • Personal Wellness and Responsibility (POWER) accounts, modeled after Health Savings Accounts, for all members
  • Required monthly POWER account contributions or co-pays for services
  • Incentives for managing health care costs and a focus on preventative care
  • Benefits that are aligned with commercial health plans

As News 18 previously reported, Pence submitted a waiver application for HIP 2.0 on July 2 which followed a 30-day public comment period.

HIP 2.0 is described as a consumer-driven health care coverage program for low-income adults. Pence said the program builds on Indiana’s history of consumer-driven health care and would replace traditional Medicaid for all non-disabled adults.

He said the plan adds choices for Hoosiers that further promote HIP’s consumer-driven model, while providing new incentives for members to take personal responsibility for their health.

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