|[May 16, 2014]
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield applauds changes to Healthy Indiana Plan
INDIANAPOLIS --(Business Wire)--
The leaders of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's Medicaid business are
hailing Governor Mike Pence's proposal to enhance the state's Healthy
Indiana Plan (HIP).
As announced by Gov. Pence yesterday, HIP 2.0 is a consumer-driven plan
to replace the state's traditional Medicaid program for non-disabled
adults and includes innovative incentives and programs designed to
encourage members to take personal responsibility for their health and
well-being. HIP has shown some impressive results such as 7% lower
emergency room utilization and higher member satisfaction than
"This is an innovative, transformational program design targeted with
improving access to healthcare for uninsured Hoosiers, providing choice,
and promoting healthy outcomes," said Kristen Metzger, president of
Indiana Medicaid, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. "We applaud
Governor Pence's leadership and vision for Medicaid reform and look
forward to being a part of this significant and positive step to
providing health coverage to thousands of Hoosiers who are currently
Built on the successful framework of HIP, HIP 2.0 intends to establish
an even more robust health coverage model as an alternative to
traditional Medicaid fo all adults ages 19-64 without a disability who
fall below 138 percent of the federal poverty level. If approved by the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, more than 300,000 additional Hoosiers
could be enrolled into HIP.
The program improves upon the existing Personal Wellness and
Responsibility (POWER) account, modeled after a Health Savings Account,
used to pay for premiums, co-pays, and deductibles. The $2,500 POWER
account is funded through a combination of state and personal
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has served the Healthy Indiana Plan
since its creation six years ago.
About Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Indiana
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Anthem Insurance
Companies, Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue
Shield Association. ® ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem
Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and
symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in
Indiana is available at www.anthem.com.
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