June 8, 2020

The recent spike in unemployment and loss of employer-sponsored coverage has created many opportunities to assist patients with new healthcare coverage options.  Many may be eligible for Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) and other states’ Medicaid options, and those with higher incomes may qualify for options available through the marketplace. Our ClaimAid advocate team in the field has reported seeing an uptick in patients requesting assistance to find health coverage due to loss of employment.

 

Each month we share relevant industry updates with our clients. Included below are those of particular interest this month as we all continue to navigate through this new and challenging environment.

FSSA Eligibility and SNAP Announcements

  • Effective May 22, 2020 through the duration of the public health emergency, FSSA temporarily relaxed certain rules to support quicker processing of benefits.
  • The HIP Workforce Bridge program has been approved, Governor Holcomb’s press release This program aims to reduce the benefit cliff faced by individuals transitioning from HIP to commercial coverage, support successful uptake of and continued enrollment in commercial coverage, increase insurance uptake and reduce the number of individuals who leave HIP and are uninsured, and reduce churn between HIP and commercial coverage or uninsured status.
  • HIP Workforce Bridge will allow thousands of outgoing HIP participants to continue to use up to $1,000 from their POWER accounts for up to 12 months to pay premiums, deductibles, co-payments and coinsurance during their transition to commercial coverage.
  • Additional assistance is on its way for Hoosier families whose children receive free and reduced-cost meals at school, via the “Pandemic EBT” program. These benefits are intended to reimburse the families of about 600,000 Hoosier children for the cost of meals that their children were unable to receive due to COVID19-related school closures.
  • Online purchasing now available for SNAP recipients in Indiana. SNAP recipients may now use their Hoosier Works EBT cards to purchase groceries online for pickup or delivery at approved retailers.