"Families in our community should never have to go without quality health care," said Rep. Neese. "This opens up the doors to thousands of Hoosiers that currently do not have the opportunity. Space in the program is limited, so I encourage everyone to apply quickly."
To be eligible for the program, applicants must be between 18 and 64 years old (Medicare eligible at 65), 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 program 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.
Rep. Neese encourages local constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the Statehouse toll-free at 1-800-382-9841. It is also possible to write him at 200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.