The HIP Workforce Bridge program would assist individuals who become ineligible for HIP because they are earning higher incomes. If approved, the policy will be a first-in-the-nation approach to eliminate a common obstacle that can prevent HIP members from pursuing meaningful employment. The program would give outgoing HIP participants the ability to continue to use up to $1,000 from their POWER accounts for premiums, deductibles, copayments and coinsurance for the next 12 months during their transition to commercial coverage. Unlike traditional health savings accounts, POWER accounts do not stay with the enrollee if they move to private insurance.
“When you take a step forward in your career you should also continue to take steps to be healthy,” Gov. Holcomb said. “We want Hoosiers to pursue meaningful employment while continuing to see their doctor, take their medicines and maintain their overall health.”
To establish HIP Workforce Bridge, FSSA has proposed a change to the federal waiver that authorizes the HIP program. The request aligns with full implementation of Gateway to Work in early 2020. Gateway to Work requires some HIP members to work or perform other qualifying educational or volunteer activities to maintain health care coverage.
“Many of us know from experience that even when someone gets a new job, there can still be a period of time when health care costs are a concern,” said FSSA Secretary Jennifer Walthall, M.D., M.P.H. “With HIP Workforce Bridge, we will help fellow Hoosiers move into an exciting and rewarding next phase of their lives without adding the stress of health coverage uncertainty.”
The HIP Workforce bridge proposal is posted here. FSSA will submit a finalized proposal to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services following a 30 day public comment period.