Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

State News

September 10, 2013

Federal government approved HIP extension

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That change will push about 11,000 current HIP participants off the program. Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Debra Minott said those persons will receive a letter recommending hey purchase private health insurance through a federally-managed health insurance exchange that goes online next month.

Moving those people off HIP will then allow FSSA to bring another 5,000 to 7,000 people who meet the new income requirements into the program.

Rep. Ed Clere of New Albany, the Republican chairman of the House Public Health Committee, called said the federal approval of the HIP extension “good news.” But he said it falls far short of what’s needed to cover the estimated 300,000 Hoosiers who won’t have access to health insurance coverage. And he said it doesn’t address

The hundreds of millions of dollars that hospitals lose each year, providing uncompensated health care to poor and uninsured patients,

“I respect the Governor’s decision to prioritize the HIP extension application,” Clere said. “Now that it’s resolved, I would hope we could have a full and robust discussion about options for expanding Medicaid.”

Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com

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