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State seeks extension of Healthy Indiana Plan

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has applied for a 10-year extension of the Healthy Indiana Plan. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services notified the state its preliminary review is complete and now a 30-day public comment period begins.  

The state’s Medicaid alternative for low-income, non-disabled adults was launched in 2008 and expanded in 2015 to cover any eligible adult as an alternative to Medicaid expansion. Over 400,000 Hoosiers are provided health coverage through the program, which is usually renewed every 3-4 years. Indiana is seeking a 10-year waiver to allow staff to spend more time trying to improve HIP to meet goals like helping members direct their own health coverage. 

“We are focused on the renewal of our existing waiver, which already contains many of the elements CMS recently encouraged states to pursue,” said Jennifer Sullivan, M.D., M.P.H., FSSA secretary. “While we’re excited that the recently announced program may help other states discover new avenues for health reform within their Medicaid programs, we feel the model we already have is the right one for Indiana.”

The state is also asking for more flexibility concerning contributions and copayments and seeking to extend newer aspects of HIP, such as substance abuse disorder treatment and serious mental illness. FSSA also filed an application to launch a new program to complement HIP, the HIP Workforce Bridge, which is designed to help members financially as they transition from employer insurance to other coverage. 

You can offer comments at this link, which will be posted for a 30-day public comment period.


Neighbors stunned by shooting in ‘safe,’ ‘quiet’ Eagles Watch subdivision

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH ) — The Eagles Watch subdivision on the city’s northwest side is home to dozens of families.

“It’s very quiet here,” said Irma Molina, who lives on Eagles Watch Drive.

The winding road is often touted as an oasis of safety, seemingly removed from the city’s crime crisis, according to Jeremy Layly, who lives down the street from Molina.

He walks his dogs through the neighborhood every night without worrying about what he’ll encounter in the dark.

On Thursday night, his walk led him toward flashing police lights and crime scene tape. 

Detectives were collecting evidence from the scene of a shooting in the 5000 block of Eagles Watch Drive, less than a quarter of a mile from Layly’s home.

“I’ve heard gunshots [before] but not in the neighborhood,” he told News 8. “That’s intense.”

Officers arrived around 4 p.m. after neighbors reported hearing gunshots. An unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests had been made Thursday night. No suspect information was available.

The shooting appeared to be targeted and did not pose an immediate threat to public safety, police said.

“[Detectives are] working hard to solve these crimes and to prevent crimes,” said Michael Hewitt, a spokesperson for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD).

Molina, whose home was within the police perimeter, ducked under the yellow tape to speak with News 8.

She and her son still feel safe living on Eagles Creek Drive, she said, but she is wary of rising crime in other parts of the city.

“It is very dangerous lately,” Molina said in Spanish. “Many crimes have happened.”

Anybody with information about the shooting is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.