Sylvia Burwell

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.

courtesy Healthcare.gov

The number of people enrolled for health insurance from the public exchange is up this year. About 175,000 of those are Hoosiers. 

Sylvia Burwell says about 2 million more people are enrolled this year nationwide.

Burwell says about 8 million more people are enrolled this year nationwide.This number is from 6.4 million last year.

She says enrollment traffic jumped sharply last week.

"At our busiest period, we had 11 consumers enrolling every second," she says.

The deadline was extended to accommodate traffic.

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Senate President Pro Tem David Long is warning of far-reaching consequences if the government rejects Indiana's request to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan.

Long and House Speaker Brian Bosma both accuse the Obama Administration of politicizing the debate over Indiana's proposal to use the state's insurance plan as a vehicle for the Medicaid expansion envisioned by the Affordable Care Act. The expansion would make 600-thousand uninsured Hoosiers eligible for the plan, 10 times HIP's current enrollment.