New work requirement in Indiana for low income residents

Indiana has a new set of rules for low income residents, and it could cost you your health insurance through Medicaid if you don't follow through.

Posted: Jul 15, 2019 7:44 PM
Updated: Jul 16, 2019 8:45 AM

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WFFT) - Indiana has a new set of rules for low income residents, and it could cost you your health insurance through Medicaid if you don't follow through.

"My husband's hours have been cut at work, so we run that risk if he doesn't get scheduled enough hours. He could lose his," Pam Matson who lost her Medicaid after disability said.

The Gateway to Work program will require about 72,000 people to report their work hours or other activity to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration to keep their Medicaid coverage.

An actual amount considered low income wasn’t listed.

Specific health concerns weren't spelled out either which leaves some concern for city government officials like Adams Township Trustee Denita Washington.

"These are the things the governing body needs to look at: childcare, mental health, and people who are already employed and working because I know part of the bill is looking to take up to 80 hours. Some aren't working that, working the minimum, and part-time going to school, so there's a lot of barriers and dynamics that the government needs to look at," Washington said.

The Gateway to Work program rolled out this month.

The requirements start at 20 hours a month, but will jump to 80 hours a month by July of next year.

Article Comments

Fort Wayne
Broken Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 72°
Angola
Broken Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 68°
Huntington
Broken Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 73°
Decatur
Overcast
70° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 70°
Van Wert
Overcast
70° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 70°
Warm & Humid Saturday
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events