Groups Call For Fast Approval of HIP 2.0

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Several Indiana health care advocacy organizations are pushing for expedited approval of the proposed Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0. Officials from the groups, including AARP Indiana and the Indiana Hospital Association, will discuss their efforts Thursday at the Statehouse. September 24, 2014

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Health care advocacy groups are coming together Thursday to ask for a speedy, yet comprehensive, review and approval of Indiana’s proposed HIP 2.0 program.

While the federal comment period on the proposed waiver has ended, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has yet to decide whether it will approve HIP 2.0 as a means to expand coverage to 350,000 Hoosiers.

Health care providers and public health policy advocates will outline why their groups support HIP 2.0, which is based on the successful Healthy Indiana Plan created by the Indiana General Assembly in 2007.

WHAT: Health care advocacy groups news conference in

support of HIP 2.0

WHO: AARP Indiana – June Lyle, State Director

Covering Kids and Families of Indiana– Caitlin Finnegan Priest, Dir. of Policy & Communication

Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers, Inc. – Matt Brooks, CEO

Indiana Hospital Association – Doug Leonard, President

Indiana Primary Health Care Association - Phil Morphew, CEO, represented by staff

Indiana State Medical Association – Adele Lash, Director of Communications

Mental Health America of Indiana – Steve McCaffrey, President and CEO

WHEN: Thursday, September 25 at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Indiana Statehouse - South Atrium

Source: AARP Indiana, Covering Kids and Families of Indiana, Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers, Inc., Indiana Hospital Association, Indiana Primary Health Care Association, Indiana State Medical Association, Mental Health America of Indiana