The CMS has given Indiana the green light to expand its State Childrens Health Insurance Program to families with incomes up to 2½ times the federal poverty levelroughly $53,000 for a family of foura move state officials said would eventually cover another 10,000 children.
Were always looking for ways to improve the health of Hoosiers, and now more kids will have access to health insurance coverage, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said in a written statement outlining the plan. Under the Indiana program, household premiums are calculated using a sliding scale based on annual income, according to the Associated Press. Families that earn 200% to 225% of the federal poverty level will pay $42 per month for one child or $53 for two or more, according to the AP. Higher earners starting at 226% of the federal poverty level will pay a maximum of $70 for two or more children.
Eligibility for the program, administered by the states Family & Social Services Administration, is retroactive to Jan. 1. Coverage will begin Oct. 1. Last August, the CMS issued a controversial directive to states that limits enrollment to the neediest families first before it would allow state officials to expand the program to more than twice the poverty level. -- by Matthew DoBias