[r51] New Plan to Give Thousands of Uninsured Hoosiers Quality Health Care (12/14/2007)

Friday, December 14, 2007

Start Date: 12/14/2007 All Day
End Date: 12/14/2007

(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. Dick Dodge (R-Pleasant Lake) voted for the legislation creating this program during the 2007 legislative session.

"The Healthy Indiana Plan will provide thousands of uninsured Hoosier the opportunity to live healthier lives by receiving preventive health care," said Rep. Dodge. "Previously, uninsured Hoosiers didn't have many health care options. Now, low-income families will be able to receive state assistance, and those who don't qualify or have insurance through their employer will be able to buy into the program." 

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.