MDwise records increased use of preventive care and HIP success

2/1/2016
 
As an alternative to Medicaid, the expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan grew Hoosier health care membership
 

Indianapolis, Ind. (February 1, 2016) – On the one-year anniversary of the federally approved Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP 2.0), MDwise has seen a significant increase in membership and the proactive use of preventive care, which were important goals made at the launch of the program providing low-income Hoosiers an alternative to Medicaid. Currently, more than 120,000 members are enrolled in HIP 2.0 through MDwise, which is up from 10,000 a year ago. In addition, MDwise has seen a nearly 40 percent drop in visits to emergency departments.
 
“I would like to congratulate Governor Mike Pence and his key leaders for their forward-thinking and launching one of the most – if not the most – successful health plan programs in the country,” stated Cesar D. Martinez, president and CEO of MDwise. “HIP had been in existence for seven years, covering 60,000 individuals. Governor Pence and his team saw a huge opportunity to expand the program in an effort to reduce the number of uninsured Hoosiers and change the face of health care in the state. The success during this inaugural year is astounding.” 
 
MDwise is one of three health plans administering the HIP 2.0 program and serves members in all 92 Indiana counties. HIP 2.0 was established when the state of Indiana received approval from the federal government to implement a health plan with the ability to cover nearly 598,000 uninsured Hoosiers. The approval included an updated version of the already existing Healthy Indiana Plan which had been in existence for seven years.
 
A key feature of HIP 2.0 is the POWER Account, similar to a health savings account. Policyholders have the opportunity to contribute to this account that is set up to reward members for using preventative care and allows them to have less out-of-pocket expense when they use services. This accountability and benefit empowers policyholders to take charge of their health and, ideally, move to private insurance in time as they improve their health.
 
“We’ve seen an overwhelming majority of our HIP 2.0 members continue to use their POWER Accounts, added Dr. Ty Sullivan, Sr., vice president and chief medical officer of MDwise. “This demonstrates that individuals who contribute to their POWER Account are acting as better health care consumers by making responsible decisions about their care. They have a desire to improve their health which is evident as they access primary care and preventative visits at a very high rate.
 
During a recent meeting with the Governor, one MDwise member enrolled in HIP 2.0 said, “This program is the best thing for us. It’s allowed me and my family to have the health insurance I’ve always needed.”
 
MDwise’s position as a government-sponsored health plan allows the company to contract with hospital delivery systems, primary care providers and other health care providers to establish care management programs that focus on enhancing quality of life and creating or maintaining healthy lifestyles. 

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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.