Medicaid work requirement, drug treatment approved as part of HIP 2.0 extension

INDIANAPOLIS -- Hoosiers will be able to remain covered under the "Healthy Indiana Plan" this year but with a few new work and payment requirements. 

US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar joined Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb on Friday to announce that the federal government has approved the three-year extension for HIP 2.0. 

As part of the application to renew the program, Gov. Holcomb also requested that the government add a new work requirement level. 

Starting in 2019, able-bodied Hoosier adults will be required to work 20 hours per week, be enrolled in school at least part-time or participate in the state’s “Gateway to Work” initiative that connects them with job training.

There are already a number of exceptions to who would need to show proof as part of coverage including:

  • Medically frail or elderly
  • Pregnant
  • In Treatment for substance abuse
  • Have a child younger than school age

This will be a change for some HIP 2.0 members and will not go into effect until a full year after the ramp up.

Under the new extension, Medicaid beneficiaries will also be required to pay tiered premiums based on how much their income is and they can be locked out for failing to pay for a certain number of months.

Gov. Holcomb says the state will spend up to $80 million for each of the next three years to connect members impacted by the opioid epidemic with addiction and treatment options.

You can watch the full announcement from Gov. Holcomb and Azar below. 

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