While it appears HIP 2.0 would still exist under the House Republican health care plan, it doesn’t look like there would be much room for growth in the future.
State officials across the country have trying to figure out what will happen to Medicaid expansion populations under the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
The Republican plan would freeze Medicaid enrollment at its current levels and grandfather in anyone who received coverage through Medicaid expansion. However, in 2020 any new enrollees who are able-bodied, the Indiana would have to pick up more of the tab.
Currently, the federal government picks up 100 percent of the Medicaid expansion costs until 2020 when that number drops to 90 percent. The state would have to pick up 35 percent of the expenses for any new enrollees who are able-bodied, not disabled, low-income adults.
Republicans argue the government should not reimburse states at the same rate able-bodied adults who are above poverty as they do for the elderly, people with disabilities and children.
When asked to react to the House plan, Governor Eric Holcomb told Indy Politics, “The House has taken the correct first step to repeal Obamacare. We will continue to work on the replacement that is best for Hoosiers while pursuing improvements to our HIP 2.0.”
There were about 400,000 Hoosiers enrolled in HIP 2.0.