Indiana Gets Federal Approval to Add Work Requirements to Medicaid Program

Following in the footsteps of the Kentucky HEALTH waiver – which was approved in January by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to offer Kentucky Medicaid members the ability to customize a path based on individual needs that will lead to better health, engagement in their communities, improved employability, and success through long-term independence – Indiana recently received federal approval to add a work requirement for adult Medicaid recipients who gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Indiana’s Medicaid expansion began in February 2015, providing coverage to 240,000 people who were previously uninsured. The federal approval extends the program, known as the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), through 2020, according to an article from Kaiser Health News.

Included in this new plan is a “lockout” provision that could lead to tens of thousands of enrollees losing coverage if they fail to submit in a timely manner their paperwork showing they still qualify for the program.

Like Kentucky, Indiana’s Medicaid waiver’s work requirements, which mandate adult enrollees to work an average of 20 hours a month, go into effect in 2019.