Indiana Gains Approval to Continue Medicaid Alternative
Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb joined U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar at Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital to announce that Indiana has gained approval to continue its successful alternative to traditional Medicaid—the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP)—through December 2020, allowing the state to continue health coverage for more than 400,000 low-income adult Hoosiers. In addition to continuing HIP for nearly three years and making several administrative adjustments to help members, federal approval allows Indiana to enhance HIP with up to $80 million in annual funding to support efforts to attack the opioid epidemic. Indiana will now expand access to a range of addiction treatment options—inpatient, outpatient and residential—for both HIP and Medicaid members to help ensure Hoosiers get the specific treatment needed for their disease. The approval also adds provisions that connect HIP members to available jobs or education opportunities. Check out the WIMS Facebook page for more.
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