Gateway to Work


Indiana is at the onset of a jobs explosion! In the next 10 years, we expect to need some 1 million workers to fill jobs. Gateway to Work is part of the Healthy Indiana Plan that helps connect HIP members with job training, education or help finding the right job or volunteer activity. Whether you’re looking for a job or place to volunteer, a better-paying job or new skills, Gateway to Work can help.

Starting in 2019, some HIP members will be required to work, go to school, volunteer or participate in other qualifying Gateway to Work activities up to 20 hours a week for at least eight months a year.

If any of the following describes you, you won’t be required to do anything:

  • Employed and working more than 20 hours a week
  • Students
  • Pregnant women
  • Medically frail
  • Over age 60
  • Caregiver of a dependent child
  • Anyone with a certified temporary illness or incapacity
  • In treatment for substance use disorder
  • Chronically homeless
  • TANF/SNAP recipients
  • Recently incarcerated

If you are asked to participate in Gateway to Work, here are the things you can do:

  • Employment
  • Job skills training
  • Job search activities
  • Education related to employment
  • Education
  • Vocational education/training
  • General Education (GED/HSE)
  • English as a second language education
  • Members of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi participating in specific employment program
  • Volunteer work
  • Participation in health plan employment incentive program
  • Community service/public service
  • Caregiving for non-dependent relative
  • Homeschooling
  • Other activities may qualify based on individual review

Definitions of exemptions and qualifying activities

While some members will find out later this year that they are required to participate in Gateway to Work, the number of hours that will be required starting in January 2019 will be zero. Five hours per week will be required starting in July 2019. The number of hours required per month will gradually increase as follows::

January 2019  – June 2019: 0 hours per week
July 2019  – September 2019:  5 hours per week
October 2019  – December 2019: 10 hours per week
January 2020  – June 2020: 15 hours per week
July 2020  - Ongoing: 20 hours per week

HIP members will receive more information on Gateway to Work which will come from the state and from their health plan before the end of the year.

Gateway to Work partners