Indiana’s governor says the expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan will extend medical coverage to an additional 350,000 Hoosiers, end traditional Medicaid for low-income people, and provide a model for other states.
That’s the message Mike Pence is taking on a tour of medical facilities across Indiana to rally support for HIP 2.0.
Under the plan, recipients must make monthly payments into health savings accounts based on their income. Other Medicaid plans don’t charge fees to beneficiaries.
Pence says HIP 2.-0 allows people to take greater ownership of their insurance.
"I thin this is a system that's based on respecting the dignity of every individual and the desire of every individual to pay their own way," says Pence. "And that's what the Healthy Indiana Plan lets people do."
To qualify for the program, individuals must have an annual income of $16,297 or less. That threshold increases to $33,307 for a family of four.
The governor credits hospitals and other health care providers for helping the state offer the plan, which he hopes will lead to changes in Medicaid in other states, since many doctors are no longer adding Medicaid patients due to low payments from the government.