HIP 2.0

Pence Signs Bill Locking HIP 2.0 Into State Statute

Mar 21, 2016
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Governor Mike Pence Monday signed into law a bill codifying the HIP 2.0 Medicaid expansion, meaning any changes to the health care plan in the future will need to go through the state legislature.

HIP 2.0 requires cost-sharing from virtually every enrollee, even if it’s only a $1-per-month contribution. Pence in a statement praised the plan for what he calls its dedication to consumerism and personal responsibility.

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POLICE BODY CAMERAS

Legislation headed to the governor will give the public and the press more access to police body camera videos than they’ve ever had.  A final compromise drew unanimous support for the bill in both chambers.

There was one issue remaining in the body camera bill – a provision that said, if a video potentially depicts excessive use of force or civil rights violations by police, it must automatically be released.  Police didn’t like that, and so, despite the objections of press organizations, lawmakers took the provision out. 

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The Pence administration says a primary reason for legislation it’s pushing to enshrine the Healthy Indiana Plan in state statute is to give the state leverage in next year’s negotiation with the federal government over the program’s renewal. 

The bill to codify HIP 2.0 cleared the Senate earlier this session with relative ease.  Its path through the House was a little more difficult as lawmakers there expressed more skepticism about the idea of enshrining the program’s specifics in state law. 

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5:17 p.m. UPDATE:

ADOPTION RECORDS

Most children adopted in Indiana from 1941-1993 will have access to their birth records under a bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Mike Pence. 

The bill gives birth mothers from 1941-1993 four options.  They can tell the state to allow their children to contact them or they can bar contact entirely.  They can allow contact, but only through a third party.  Or they can just allow their children to access the mother’s medical records.

HHS Secretary Stands By Federal Review Of HIP 2.0

Jan 15, 2016
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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell is shrugging off Republican complaints about a federal review of Indiana's state-run health insurance plan.

Burwell, who was visiting Indianapolis, says it's indisputable that the HIP expansion has meant health coverage for more Hoosiers, but says at least 30 states have gotten federal waivers to put their own stamp on health insurance plans, and says it's important to get objective measurements of which innovations are working and which aren't.

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Governor Mike Pence wants the Obama administration to halt an evaluation of the HIP 2.0 program, arguing that the contractor chosen by the federal government is biased against Indiana’s healthcare program. 

The federal waiver Indiana received earlier this year to operate HIP 2.0 requires the state to hire an independent evaluator for the program.  The state did so months ago and that evaluation is ongoing. 

IU Expert Says ACA Ruling Is A Win For Indiana

Jun 25, 2015
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The health insurance market in Indiana will remain unchanged after the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

The 6-to-3 ruling in the King v. Burwell case leaves in place the federal subsidies provided to taxpayers who buy health insurance through the federal healthcare exchange.

Those challenging the law argued the subsidies were designed to go only to those who buy insurance through state-run exchanges.

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Hoosiers enrolled in the Healthy Indiana Plan program will now have access to job training and preparedness resources. 

About 300 thousand people enrolled in HIP 2.0 will soon receive letters inviting them to participate in Gateway to Work, a program run by the state’s Family and Social Services Administration.  FSSA Family Resources director Adrienne Shields says the program is available not just to unemployed HIP 2.0 enrollees, but also to those seeking to move up the ladder.

Pence Touts HIP 2.0 As A Model For Other States

Feb 20, 2015
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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.

Repealing The Affordable Care Act Could Eliminate HIP 2.0

Feb 4, 2015
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Indiana’s Republican congressional delegation is expected to vote this week in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act — only a week after applauding federal approval of HIP 2.0.

A repeal of President Obama’s signature health care law could have consequences for Indiana’s recent expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan.

“Technically speaking, if the Affordable Care Act were to be repealed, then the federal funding for HIP 2.0 would go away with it,” Seth Freedman, associate professor at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs says.

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