Governor Pence Marks First Anniversary of HIP 2.0

Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence today marked the first anniversary of the landmark approval of the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0 waiver at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, where he first announced “HIP 2.0 is open for business.” There, he recognized the early successes of the HIP 2.0 program and called for continued efforts to improve access to the program and promote the program’s key features, including Gateway to Work and HIP Link.

HIP 2.0 is the nation’s first consumer-driven health care program for Medicaid-eligible or low-income individuals. The program has replaced traditional Medicaid for all non-disabled adults in the state. Unlike traditional Medicaid programs, the HIP 2.0 program’s goal is not only to provide access to health insurance, but to engage members to take ownership for their health. The program introduces private market insurance concepts to prepare individuals for self-sufficiency.

“HIP 2.0, has established a new health care paradigm in Indiana; rooted in consumerism and personal responsibility, and Indiana has become a model for other states.” said Governor Pence. “Hundreds of thousands of low-income Hoosiers are, for the first time, empowered to make choices about their health care and have new incentives to make the most of their health care dollar and improve their health. While we begin year two of HIP 2.0 with tremendous momentum and promising results, it’s time to go further.”

Today, more than 370,000 low-income Hoosiers are now participating in the expanded Healthy Indiana Plan, with nearly 7 out of 10 members electing to make contributions to their health savings-like account. The program has attracted more than 5,300 additional health care providers available to serve both Medicaid and HIP 2.0 members.

Governor Pence today announced that preliminary data from the Lewin survey, conducted among HIP members and providers showed promising results for the HIP 2.0 program thus far. These include that nearly a third of members report asking their doctors about the cost of health care; 52 percent of HIP 2.0 members check the balance of their health savings-like accounts and just over a third check that balance at least once a month.

Administration officials are set to embark on a new round of outreach events across the state that will continue through the year and will focus on enrollment and improving health outcomes for the participants.

In the coming year, the Pence administration will focus on encouraging more HIP participants to utilize the Gateway to Work program and promoting HIP Link to Indiana businesses. Gateway to Work is a voluntary program for HIP 2.0 members that provides career assessment and job counseling to help Hoosiers transition off assistance and into new, better, or more secure jobs. Since the program launched in May, over 3,200 eligible members have used the program. HIP Link is part of HIP 2.0 and provides assistance to individuals to participate in their employer’s insurance plan. The program, along with Gateway to Work, promotes self-sufficiency and employment.

During the event today, Governor Pence also announced a new award, the Healthy Indiana Public Service Award, which he awarded to first-ever recipients Senator Patricia Miller and Representative Charlie Brown for their work on HIP and HIP 2.0. The Healthy Indiana Public Service Award is bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to achieving a healthier Indiana.

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