Doctors, nurses flock to Indiana Healthy Indiana Plan

April 4, 2015

The number of health care providers contracted with the Medicaid managed care plans and Healthy Indiana Patients surged 17 percent in just seven weeks after the federal government approved Gov. Mike Pence’s expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan on Jan. 27.

Indiana made it worth the while of doctors, nurses and other care givers. The Healthy Indiana Plan pays doctors and nurses the same rates that the federal Medicare program pays—about one-third higher than rates paid by the Indiana Medicaid program. Also, Indiana recently boosted by 25 percent the amount it pays health care providers to care for aged, blind and disabled Hoosiers.

The state has hired three health insurers to operate Medicaid managed care plans, under Hoosier “Healthwise” program.

Since the approval of the expanded Healthy Indiana Plan, called HIP 2.0, Indianapolis-based Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has added 232 primary care providers to its network, for a total of 2,399.

Indianapolis-based MDwise has grown its primary care network by 316, up to 1,509.

Managed Health Services, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Centene Corp., has grown its primary care network by 246, up to 1,457.


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