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HIP 2.0 Marked A Success By Health Care Consulting Firm

Posted On July 28, 2016

By Travis Thayer

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana’s health care plan has been marked a success for engaging members, increasing personal responsibility, and encouraging healthy behaviors.

A recent study conducted by the Lewin Group, an independent health care consulting firm, revealed the success of the design and implementation of the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0.

The group’s findings show that Indiana’s design to empower HIP 2.0 participants to take ownership of their health care and contribute financially to their coverage improves outcomes and satisfaction rates while lowering emergency room usage, and emphasizing primary preventive care.

“The Healthy Indiana Plan is proving what Hoosiers have known all along: when we give people choices and the opportunity to be active participants in their own health care, it leads to better health outcomes,” said Governor Mike Pence. “HIP 2.0 should serve as a national model for how state-led reforms can actually accomplish what national health care reform has failed to do. We can provide financially sustainable health care to low-income populations that will actually lead to healthier lives.”

Some key finds of the study include:

  • Eighty-six percent of surveyed members who have made contributions were satisfied or very satisfied, compared to 71 percent of those who did not make contributions.
  • Ninety-three percent of surveyed members said they would re-enroll in HIP if they left the program, but then became eligible again.
  • Nearly 7 out of 10 first-year members participated in the HIP Plus program, meaning they chose to make contributions into the POWER Accounts.
  • Most HIP Plus members did not report needing help making their POWER Account contributions, and over half said they never or rarely worried about being able to pay their monthly contribution.
  • Thirty-nine percent of the health care providers surveyed said they had seen a decrease in requests for charity care.

HIP 2.0 currently has more than 390,000 members enrolled and is available to all non-disabled Hoosiers age 19-64 with incomes at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

Information about eligibility and how to apply is available at www.hip.in.gov.