Leaders Meet to Discuss Future of Healthcare in Indiana

By BROOKE WELCH | bwelch@wfft.com

Published 06/10 2014 10:54AM

Updated 06/11 2014 04:02PM

Indiana Governor Mike Pence unveiled a new insurance proposal called HIP 2.0, an expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan.  HIP 2.0 would replace traditional Medicaid for all adults without disabilities.

Indiana healthcare leaders met at Ivy Tech to discuss the future of healthcare in Indiana and WFFT's Brooke Welch attended the discussion and has more on how this new healthcare expansion could affect your family.

Approximately 350,000 Hoosiers currently fall into an insurance coverage gap.

"I'm still falling through the cracks and I feel like there's got to be something more for me than just sitting back and drawing disability."

You may remember Denise Sanders who WFFT told her story in November when she was just signing up for healthcare coverage through the Marketplace.  Unfortunately, it's insurance that she no longer has.

"I thought I was paying forward to March 1st, when actually they charged me backward to February 1st.  I didn't go see a doctor til March 1st, because that's when I thought my coverage was good."

So with 2 monthly insurance payments due at one time, Denise was kicked off insurance.  She came to the meeting about HIP 2.0 to see if this program would help her.

State Health Commissioner Dr. William Vanness is excited for HIP 2.0 to be implemented in Indiana.

"I saw first hand they get their preventive testing one, and they know their numbers, they get their blood sugar, cholesterol, and they are avoiding chronic diseases."

HIP 2.0 addresses the issue with the Healthy Indiana Plan and doesn't put a cap on enrollment.  Taxpayers do not pay for any of the program and people that enroll will pay anywhere from $3.00 to $25.00 per month. 

You can not make more than 138% above the poverty level so unfortunately for Sanders, this program won't work for her but she remains positive.

"I have things that I can offer the community and I really want to find someway to get off the disability and go back to work for a few years."

Right now, HIP 2.0 is in the formal public notice period, a 30 day comment period for people to give feedback to the Government. 

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