Feds Approve HIP Renewal; HIP 2.0 Still Pending

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO): The Healthy Indiana Plan has gained a renewal from the Federal Government.

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services granted approval Friday.

In a statement released today Governor Mike Pence praised the decision: “This decision by the federal government to renew our current Healthy Indiana Plan is welcome news and will bring certainty to the more than 60,000 Hoosiers who currently enjoy the benefits of this proven health care program,” said Pence.

“Since this marks the third time the Obama Administration has approved the Healthy Indiana Plan in its current form, we hope that this decision signals an openness by this Administration to move forward with approval of HIP 2.0, which is built on the same principles of personal responsibility and consumer choice.”

Meanwhile, the state continues to await a decision from the federal government on covering 350,000 more Hoosiers through HIP 2.0. That plan was submitted in July and has been in discussions since.