INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Gov. Eric Holcomb has requested the renewal of a federal waiver that allows
Indiana’s Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 to serve hundreds of thousands of
The request begins
an eight-month process with the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services that is expected to go smoothly under President Donald Trump’s
“Indiana has built
a program that is delivering real results in a responsible, efficient and
effective way,” Holcomb said. “I look forward to maintaining the flexibility
to grow this remarkably successful tool and to preserve our ability to
respond to the unique needs of Hoosiers.”
The plan originated
under former Gov. Mitch Daniels and its second version was launched under
former Gov. Mike Pence in February 2015 as a quasi-Medicaid expansion mostly
funded by the Affordable Care Act. The waiver expires at the end of January
2018, and the extension would go until 2021.
With Pence as vice
president, Indiana’s program is seen as a potential model for the rest of
the nation if Obama’s health care law is repealed.
requested a change to expand access to substance abuse services for all
Medicaid recipients. The waiver would add new covered services, such as
addiction recovery management and residential treatment services.
Plan 2.0 has several cost-sharing components for enrollees that aim to
encourage members to seek preventive care and make good health care choices.
Traditional Medicaid bears all costs of care.
“This is a plan
built by Hoosiers for Hoosiers,” Holcomb said in his request letter to the
acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Our
consumer skin-in-the-game approach has yielded better health outcomes and
helped members be better informed.”