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Indiana extends Healthy Indiana Plan through April

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More than 10,000 low-income Indiana residents who participate in a state-run insurance plan will be able to keep their benefits through April.

The Family and Social Services Administration announced Tuesday it is extending its Healthy Indiana Plan to participants who earn between 100 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The move will give members more time to obtain coverage through the federal health care exchange.

FSSA Secretary Debra Minott said many HIP members have struggled to enroll in the exchange because of technical issues.

Federal officials have agreed to let Indiana extend its Healthy Indiana Plan through 2014 but changed the income requirements to focus on those below 100 percent of the federal poverty level.

The HIP extension could cost Indiana up to $11 million.

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  • RU KIDDING ME??
    I lost my job in Feb 2011 due to cutbacks at age 62, two months before my 63rd birthday. I had been bringing home $800/wkand on unemployment was reduced $351/wk....didn't have any health insurance and could not afford COBRA...who can? You have to be unemployed for 6 mo to sign up for HIP and I waited. I singed up 6 mo later only to be informed that they would not insure me because I was a single female. So, for for two years before I reached Medicare age I struggled for high blood pressure meds and meicine for COPD. Thanks for nothing. I know that I am not the only 'elder' in this situation!!!! (I am now 65 and thanking God for Medicare!!!)
  • What they need is Expansion
    The expansion is intended for people making up to 133% of poverty level. Indiana is refusing to do this expansion, and is leaving thousands of people with no place to afford insurance. The joke that is HIP needs to end and be replaced by a proper Medicaid program.

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