FSSA Waits For Fed Approval Of HIP 2.0
June 17, 2014 — Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration is preparing for implementation of HIP 2.0, its healthcare expansion plan…even though, as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, federal approval of the program could still be months away:
Only Hoosiers earning up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level – about 24 thousand dollars for a family of four – are eligible for the current Healthy Indiana Plan. That leaves more than 300 thousand without affordable health insurance coverage. HIP 2.0 would expand that up to 138 percent of the poverty level – about 33 thousand dollars a year. A mandatory public comment period for the proposed plan ends Saturday and the state will submit its request for approval to the federal government by the end of June. FSSA Secretary Debra Minott says her agency is moving forward on the assumption the feds will approve the plan:
“We recognize that we’re getting started ahead of the game but if we wait until we know definitively what everything is, we definitely will not have enough time.”
Minott says preparations are purposefully flexible in case the federal government makes changes to Indiana’s proposal…or rejects the plan entirely:
“You know, some of this work that we’re doing will actually help us even manage the existing program more efficiently than it’s done today, so it’s really a win-win.”
Minott says the state is aiming to roll out HIP 2.0, if approved, by April 2015.