Health Leaders Highlight Medicaid Programs, Benefits At Roundtable

Oct 29, 2018

Health leaders at a roundtable discussion agreed Medicaid programs are benefitting the state. The meeting Friday focused on ways the different programs help nearly one in five Hoosiers.

Most of the 1.4 million people on Medicaid in Indiana are covered under four different types of programs including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP 2.0) – the state’s Medicaid expansion.

Indiana Hospital Association President Brian Tabor says HIP 2.0 is a great example of how Indiana’s Medicaid program is working.

"We did not have that program available to many people who were falling through the cracks for a long time, they are in some cases, the working poor or people who are in transition," says Tabor.

Recent expansion in the state has allowed coverage for people in recovery and added behavioral health. Improved health outcomes under Medicaid can also help save the state money.

HealthLinc CEO Beth Worbel says she sees more Hoosiers able to turn their lives around because of Medicaid.

"We’ve actually seen people go off of Medicaid to commercial, and we’ve looked to see how we’ve got them healthy and they can go out and get a job," says Worbel.

Indiana’s uninsured rate is the lowest it’s ever been at about 8 percent.