Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Brooks: ‘HIP 2.0 is a creative, common-sense solution’

Jan 31, 2017
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Washington, D.C. – Today, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb formally submitted the state’s application to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting continued flexibility to maintain and develop Indiana’s successful Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP 2.0) for an additional three years. Rep. Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) released the following statement in support:

“Traditional Medicaid is broken, and it has a well-documented history of substantial waste, fraud, and abuse. What we need to do to fix our broken Medicaid program is to grant states more freedom and flexibility to improve Medicaid, because expanding coverage absent of significant reforms is not responsible.”

“Indiana’s HIP 2.0 is proof that offering states this kind of flexibility will produce innovative and effective results. In addition, Governor Holcomb has requested expanded access to substance abuse services like addiction recovery management and residential treatment services in his application. These expanded services are critical tools in the effort to stem the tide of heroin and opioid abuse that has devastated so many Hoosier communities.”

“HIP 2.0 is a creative, common-sense solution that incentivizes healthy behavior, measurably improves good health outcomes, and empowers Hoosiers to take control of their own health. I am hopeful that the state’s application will be approved, and that this program can be replicated across the country so that other states can overcome the bureaucratic and inefficient nature of traditional Medicaid.”

The waiver application, posted online at www.hip.in.gov, maintains the core elements of HIP 2.0, including member contributions and consumer-driven features that encourage preventive care while discouraging unhealthy behaviors and lifestyle choices that drive up the cost of health care.

Today, the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing titled, “Medicaid Oversight: Existing Problems and Ways to Strengthen the Program.” Brooks participated in the hearing and asked questions about the number of vulnerable people, those who need healthcare services the most, on waiting lists for Medicaid services. The full hearing is available online at: https://energycommerce.house.gov/hearings-and-votes/hearings/medicaid-oversight-existing-problems-and-ways-strengthen-program

Tomorrow, the Health Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing titled, “Strengthening Medicaid and Prioritizing the Most Vulnerable.” Brooks will participate in the hearing which will examine discussion drafts of three commonsense Medicaid reform bills. Similar legislation was introduced by committee members last Congress. These bills include: ending Medicaid benefits for lottery jackpot winners, closing a loophole that lets married couples shelter assets to qualify for Medicaid, and helping states who are forced to provide temporary Medicaid coverage for individuals who are unlawfully present. A portion of the savings from the legislation would be directed to reduce waiting lists for the most vulnerable in the Medicaid program, like those with disabilities. More information about the hearing is available online at: https://energycommerce.house.gov/hearings-and-votes/hearings/strengthening-medicaid-and-prioritizing-most-vulnerable