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Federal Government Agrees to Another HIP Extension

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December 10, 2013 — More than 10,000 low-income Hoosiers who participate in a state-run insurance plan will be able to keep their benefits through April.

The state Family and Social Services Administration announced Tuesday it is extending its Healthy Indiana Plan to participants who earn between 100% and 200% of the federal poverty level to give members more time to get coverage through the federal health care exchange.

FSSA Secretary Debra Minott said many HIP members have struggled to enroll in the exchange because of technical issues.

Federal officials have agreed to let Indiana extend its Healthy Indiana Plan through 2014 but changed the income requirements to focus on those below 100% of the federal poverty level.

The HIP extension could cost Indiana up to $11-million.


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