[r57] New Plan to Give Thousands of Uninsured Hoosiers Quality Health Care (12/17/2007)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Start Date: 12/17/2007 All Day
End Date: 12/17/2007

(STATEHOUSE) Dec. 17, 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, on Monday Dec. 17. State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) voted for the legislation creating this program during the 2007 legislative session.

"This program will be a great benefit to people without health insurance," said Rep. Eberhart. "The HIP is a fiscally-sound program that will provide insurance coverage without hurting the state's balanced budget. Enrollment is limited, so call soon to find out more information."

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 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 www.hip.in.gov or call 1-877-GET-HIP-9. Plan coverage officially begins in January 2008.

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Rep. Eberhart encourages local constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at h57@in.gov, 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.