The state has closed enrollment in the Healthy Indiana insurance plan for the rest of the year. The plan for uninsured, low-income Hoosiers is funded by state cigarette taxes, and enrollment has always been capped based on how much money is available. Family and Social Services Administration spokesman Jim Gavin says the state estimated last year it would reach capacity around midyear, and that estimate proved correct, but Gavin says HIP actually has about 52-thousand beneficiaries enrolled, since many people didn‘t sign up until spring or summer. The state has asked the federal government to authorize an expansion of HIP which would make the program a stand-in for Medicaid and create room for 350-thousand more enrollees, with federal funding and an agreed-on subsidy from Indiana hospitals covering the increased cost.
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