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Health Commissioner answers questions on new health policy

Indiana State Health Commissioner, William VanNess, and Health Policy Advisor to Governor Mike Pence, Brian Neale, were at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center Thursday, to detail the Governor's plan to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) to cover approximately 350,000 more Hoosiers.  The event was open to the public, where questions were answered about the new HIP 2.0 proposal Governor Pence unveiled.

The new plan is a consumer driven health car coverage program for low income adults that would replace traditional Medicaid for all non-disabled adults.  

Indiana State Health Commissioner, William VanNess, MD, said he is excited that this plan helps promote health and wellness, as opposed to just dealing with issues once something has gone wrong.  "What I like about this plan, is it does promote wellness and prevention," VanNess said, "there is a financial incentive to do your prevention studies and services."

HIP 2.0 will not raise taxes and will be fully funded through Indiana's existing cigarette tax revenue and Hospital Assessment Fee program, if it gets addition to federal Medicaid funding.  In order to receive federal funds, the proposal needs approval from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

For more information about HIP 2.0, visit  There is a 30 day formal public notice and comment period during which Hoosiers can review the waiver and submit comments to the State.
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