As many as 130,000 of the 400,000 people now covered by the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 will be required to work, take part in school or training, or do community service to continue receiving insurance benefits in 2019 through the Medicaid-funded program.
The requirements are part of a three-year extension of HIP 2.0 announced Friday afternoon by newly confirmed U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.
Many of those 130,000 people already have jobs, Azar said during a press conference at Eskenazi Hospital, the city’s major “safety net” hospital for under-insured patients.
Others will receive services aimed at moving them into education, work or volunteer programs to keep them eligible for benefits.
“We’re building this with an intentional goal of having zero people have their benefits suspended,” said Jennifer Walthall, secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, which administers HIP 2.0. “We will build this program thoughtfully and communicate it clearly.”
State officials said the remaining people on the program—about 270,000 participants—qualify for one of many exemptions, which waive the work requirement for those who are older, medically frail or have small children.