Bell: New Plan to Give Thousands of Uninsured Hoosiers Quality Health Care

Friday, December 14, 2007 7:00 pm

Start Date:  12/14/2007  All Day  
End Date:  12/14/2007    
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(STATEHOUSE) Dec. 14, 2007 - The state will begin accepting completed applications for the new Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), which will provide health care for thousands of Hoosier adults, this month.  State Rep. Matt Bell (R-Avilla) voted for the legislation creating this program during the 2007 legislative session.

"There are over 500,000 Hoosier without health insurance," said Rep. Bell. "This is unacceptable, and I applaud the governor for developing such an innovative solution that will help so many people.

"The Healthy Indiana plan promotes prevention, which could possibly save numerous Hoosier lives. Preventative health care also will save the state millions of dollars in treatment cost for ailments that are easily prevented or cured if caught early."

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be between 18 and 64 years old, have a household income between 22 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty level and must have been uninsured for at least six months. 

The program differs from traditional entitlement programs because enrollment is dependent upon available funding, and eligibility will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Additionally, participants will be required to make a modest financial contribution to the plan, providing incentives for individuals to price shop and look for the best values in medical services and prescriptions. 

Those whose income is too great to qualify for the program, but who are still uninsured, may buy into the HIP program and will not receive state subsidy. 

For more information on HIP and to download an application, visit http://www.hip.in.gov/ or call 1-877-GET-HIP-9.  Plan coverage officially begins in January 2008.