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4:57 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Indiana Extends Health Plan For Thousands Amid Federal Exchange Glitches

More than 10,000 low-income Indiana residents who participate in a state-run insurance plan will be able to keep their benefits through April.

The Family and Social Services Administration announced today it is extending its Healthy Indiana Plan for participants who earn between 100 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The move will give members more time to obtain coverage through the federal health care exchange.

Spokesman Jim Gavin says many HIP members have struggled to enroll in the exchange because of technical issues.

“There are some people who have been successful in enrolling but we also know based on widely-published, well-documented reports that there have been technical issues with the health exchange, the healthcare.gov website. We’ve heard from some of those Healthy Indiana Plan members who are trying to transition off the plan that they’ve been having some trouble,” he said. 

Federal officials had already agreed to let Indiana extend its Healthy Indiana Plan through 2014 but changed the income requirements to focus on those below 100 percent of the federal poverty level.

The extension could cost Indiana up to $11 million.