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State Not Waiting for Federal HIP Approval to Begin Prep Work for Implementation

FSSA hopes to launch HIP 2.0 in April if feds okay changes

Family and Social Services Secretary Debra Minott (WIBC.com photo: Eric Berman)

Indiana is getting ready to implement the expanded version of the Healthy Indiana Plan, even before the federal government decides whether to approve it.

Family and Social Services Secretary Debra Minott says if the state waits to spell out details of the plan, it won't be ready by a hoped-for April launch date. She's assigned groups within FSSA to address software issues, create codes for different transactions, and decide how to handle some finer policy points, such as eligibility distinctions between the basic HIP plan and the new HIP Plus.

The Pence administration has proposed replacing Medicaid with HIP, while expanding the income threshold to make 350,000 more Hoosiers eligible. The plan would add dental and maternity coverage and continue reliance on health savings accounts, but would create a no-frills alternative requiring co-pays in lieu of contributions to the accounts.

The state will submit the plan for approval by the end of the month. Minott says the government has been encouraging about the overall design, but says there are still some issues to be negotiated.

Minott briefed about 70 people at Community Hospital East in Indianapolis, in the last of nine town hall meetings around the state to explain the changes.

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