Less than 30% of Indiana Medicaid beneficiaries could face proposed work requirements

Of 438,000 beneficiaries enrolled in Indiana's Medicaid program, fewer than 30 percent would be affected by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb's proposed work requirement for able-bodied members, The Times reports.

Documents recently filed with the federal government reveal most members of the Healthy Indiana Plan qualify for at least one of the 14 proposed exemptions. For example, a third of HIP enrollees work at least 20 hours per week for eight months a year, satisfying Gov. Holcomb's proposed work requirement. However, these individuals still have incomes below the $16,400 maximum to qualify for expanded Medicaid under the ACA.

If the federal government approves Gov. Holcomb's proposal, 130,000 HIP enrollees will need to enroll in Indiana's "Gateway to Work" program or risk losing coverage, the report states.

The federal government is projected to decide on the state's waiver application as soon as mid-September. The work requirement would take full effect in 2019 or 2020 if approved.  

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