MDwise Supports Governor Mike Pence’s leadership on Health Coverage Expansion

5/15/2014
 

INDIANAPOLIS – This morning, Governor Mike Pence outlined his plan to expand coverage to low-income Hoosiers.  The strategy involves using the Healthy Indiana Plan, employer-based plans and incentives to transform health care for the Medicaid-eligible population in Indiana.

“We commend Governor Pence for his leadership on expanding coverage for underserved Hoosiers. We’re hopeful that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will approve this consumer-driven design, which is key to ensuring Hoosiers understand the importance of health care and empower them to care for themselves,” said Charlotte MacBeth, chief executive officer of MDwise.

The Healthy Indiana Plan is a consumer-driven healthcare program that moves people from emergency rooms to primary care and encourages low-income Hoosiers to take more ownership of their own healthcare decisions. 

MDwise has partnered with the State of Indiana to offer the Healthy Indiana Plan since 2007, as well as other Indiana Health Coverage Programs for the past 20 years. The Healthy Indiana Plan currently covers about 40,000 Hoosiers.  This plan would expand eligibility options for approximately 180,000 to 300,000 individuals.

“Governor Pence’s Healthy Indiana Plan expansion will close the coverage gap and provide a pathway to good health for more Hoosiers,” added MacBeth.

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About MDwise

MDwise is an Indiana-licensed nonprofit health maintenance organization offering health care benefits to 300,000 Medicaid members. Since 1994 MDwise has provided access to compassionate, high-quality, coordinated health care and education to Medicaid members in communities throughout Indiana.
 
MDwise is a provider-owned health plan with a large network of doctors, specialists and hospitals located throughout the state. By meeting the basic requirements of the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA’s) rigorous standards for consumer protection and quality improvement, MDwise was awarded NCQA’s accreditation status of Accredited for service and clinical quality. Ninety-seven percent of MDwise members surveyed would recommend MDwise to their family and friends. For more information, visit MDwise.org.