Gateway to Work is a part of the Healthy Indiana Plan that connects HIP members with ways to look for work, train for jobs, finish school and volunteer. Starting in 2019, some HIP members are required to do Gateway to Work activities to keep HIP benefits.
At the end of the year, the state will review your participation in Gateway to Work. You need to be exempt or meet the required monthly hours eight out of 12 months of the year to keep your HIP benefits.
The Indiana Family Social and Services Administration (FSSA) gives all HIP members a Gateway to Work status based on their information on file with the state. Your status may be Reporting, Reporting Met or Exempt.
If your status indicates Reporting, you are required to do Gateway to Work to keep you HIP benefits. You need to participate in qualifying activities for a certain number of hours each month and report them by calling your health plan provider or by using the FSSA Benefits Portal.
If your status indicates Reporting Met, you already work at least 20 hours per week. You do not need to do anything new for Gateway to Work unless you report a change in employment to FSSA. You can still participate and use Gateway to Work resources if you want.
If your status indicates Exempt, you meet an exemption for Gateway to Work and are not required to participate for the months you are exempt, but you can still participate and use Gateway to Work resources if you want.
The number of activity hours required for Gateway to Work begins at zero in January 2019 to allow members time to learn about the program, find activities and set up your FSSA Benefits Portal account. It then increases incrementally until July 1st, 2020, where the required activity hours reaches 80 hours per month.
Some HIP members are exempt from having to participate in Gateway to Work based on health, education or other factors. Read more about these exemptions here.
Many activities count for Gateway to Work. Gateway to Work groups activities into three categories – Work, Learn, and Serve.
Work activities include: employment/self-employment, homeschooling, job search activities, and on-the-job training.
Learn activities include: adult education, college courses, general education classes, job skills training, and vocational education.
Serve activities include: volunteer work, public service, and care-giving services.
To learn more about the Gateway to Work program, visit the official IN.gov website here.