Indiana is cutting off enrollment in the Healthy Indiana Plan because the program has reached this year’s funding limit.
When the federal government reauthorized HIP, the health insurance program for low-income Hoosiers, last year, it required Indiana to lower the income eligibility ceiling from 200 percent of the poverty level – about $47,000 a year for a family of four – to 100 percent – roughly $23,000 a year.
Governor Mike Pence is offering little explanation about the pending departure of Family and Social Services Secretary Debra Minott, saying only that he wants a “change in direction.”
In a statement released Monday, Minott said she would be transitioning out of her role within a month or two and would work with Governor Pence to ensure that transition is orderly.
In a separate statement, Pence simply thanked Minott for her service, while his office cited a desire to change direction at the agency as the reason for the move. A day later, Pence was saying the same thing.
Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration is preparing for implementation of HIP 2.0, its healthcare expansion plan, even though federal approval of the program could still be months away.
Only Hoosiers earning up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level – about $24,000 for a family of four – are eligible for the current Healthy Indiana Plan. That leaves more than 300,000 people without affordable health insurance coverage. HIP 2.0 would expand that up to 138 percent of the poverty level – about $33,000 per year.