FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NBC33) - Local groups are celebrating the first anniversary of HIP 2.0.
HIP, or the Healthy Indiana Plan, was created as an alternative to the Medicaid expansion.
And unlike the original plan, HIP 2.0 has unlimited spots, with about 370,000 people now enrolled across the state.
The plan gives those who don't qualify for the Affordable Care Act another option.
"We're seeing people who now have health insurance. They're not going to the emergency room for their chronic conditions. They're actually going and seeing a doctor. They're getting a medical home and seeing a doctor for preventative care. They're being more proactive about their health insurance. So we see a huge difference, and I would say the biggest one is just consumers who have never had insurance before now have an option," said Amanda Chappell,
Chappell says the application process can be daunting, but there are representatives around the state who can provide help.
You can call Indiana 211 to find a local navigator or visit BrightPoint to speak with one.
Other resources include going to: www.mybrightpoint.org/ckf or calling: 1-800-589-3506