The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week conditionally approved Indiana’s request to require some adult Medicaid beneficiaries to work or participate in other “community engagement” activities to remain eligible for coverage, contingent on the Supreme Court legally authorizing the provisions. CMS also definitively approved the state’s request to extend other elements of the Healthy Indiana Plan through 2030, and to extend the program’s mental health and substance use disorder benefits through 2025. The state last year postponed implementing the community engagement provisions after several organizations sued to block them.
“HIP provides over 570,000 Hoosiers with comprehensive coverage — a number that is sure to grow as more of our friends and neighbors have recently become eligible for this vital safety net given the economic disruption of COVID,” said Indiana Hospital Association President Brian Tabor. “As always, Indiana’s hospitals remain committed to caring for all Hoosiers around the clock every day during this health emergency and beyond.”