Governor Mike Pence met with the Secretary of Health and Human Services in Washinton D.C. on Friday to discuss how the state's Healthy Indiana Plan could be used to bring health coverage to more Hoosiers.
According to the governor's office, the meeting came about after Governor Pence sent a letter to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (sah-bee-lee-us) last November asking for a meeting to discuss the state's pending wavier to use the Healthy Indiana Plan as an alternative to traditional Medicaid for the expansion. In the letter the governor cited the program's high customer satisfaction rates, positive outcomes, and lower healthcare costs over time.
Governor Pence says, "I am grateful for Secretary Sebelius's openness to working with the State of Indiana to find a way to provide more Hoosiers with greater access to quality healthcare through the Healthy Indiana Plan." The governor adds, "Our administration remains committed to using the Healthy Indiana Plan's consumer-driven design, and appreciates the Secretary's willingness to identify areas of common ground that will allow us to use an Indiana solution to meet our shared goal of providing more helathcare options to Hoosiers in a fiscally responsible manner."
Through a release on Friday, the Indiana Hospital Association says the association is, "greatly encouraged with the progress being made toward coverage expansion using the Healthy Indiana Plan to help thousands of Hoosiers."
The state credits the consumer-driven designed plan for increasing use of preventative care and reducing expensive emergency room visits. It also has assured access to quality care by reimbursing providers at the higher Medicare rate.
In addition, the state submitted a wavier request last year, seeking both an extension of the current HIP permission to pursue expansion of health coverage using the Healthy Indiana Plan as a model.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services granted an extension of the current program in September, 2013. Since then, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) has continued ot discuss with CMS the potential to use the Healthy Indiana Plan to provide health coverage to more Hoosiers, according to the governor's office release.
You can read more information about the Healthy Indiana Plan at: http://www.in.gov/fssa/hip/