Plans within the state of Indiana to seek federal approval to continue a health insurance program that covers about 418,000 low-income residents, could end pending a lawsuit that could eliminate nearly all the program’s funding.
In a notice posted from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, the organization posted its intent to request the Healthy Indiana Plan be extended until 2030, otherwise the plan is set to expire at the end of 2020. The program itself is funded by federal Medicaid dollars, but Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill Jr. is backing the lawsuit that would eliminate the Affordable Care Act.
HIP is an approved alternative to the Medicaid expansion provided for by the Affordable Care Act. Without federal funding, Indiana likely could not afford to continue HIP.
The state is also proposing to extend the expanded substance abuse and serious mental illness components of HIP through the year 2025. An independent evaluation of HIP planned to accompany Indiana’s renewal application found that the program has improved health care access in Indiana, particularly for people who were previously uninsured.
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