In addition, HIP currently does not offer all of the required components of basic coverage under ACA. If HIP is not approved, it will end for all Indiana residents Dec. 31.
The expanded Medicaid/HIP population is currently the biggest dilemma for CKF partners. We know we will need to work hard to reach this population with whatever will be available.
The other struggle is how to allocate human resources to the task of educating and enrolling many more people. Federally Qualified Health Centers, including Madison County Community Health Center, have received funding for some additional enrollment staff.
There are also training and certification requirements at both the state and federal levels. CKF-IN has applied for a federal grant to support training and outreach for the entire state. Partnerships such as CKF, Indiana’s 211 information and referral centers, and United Ways will be vital to successful outreach.
In the meantime, one of the best sources for simple (and entertaining) information I have found is The Kaiser Family Foundation.
Nancy Vaughan is president of United Way of Madison County Inc. She can be reached at email@example.com or 608-3061.