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Learn about Gateway to Work


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. Some HIP members are required to do Gateway to Work activities to keep HIP benefits.

At the end of each 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.

Gateway to Work overview video

Gateway to Work status

The Indiana Family Social and Services Administration 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:

Gateway to Work Status Status Meaning
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.
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.
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 or using the FSSA Benefits Portal.

Hours required

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 according to this schedule:

Date Required Hours
January 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019 0 hours per month
July 1, 2019 - September 30, 2019 20 hours per month
October 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019 40 hours per month
January 1, 2020 - June 30, 2020 60 hours per month
July 1, 2020 - ongoing 80 hours per month


Some HIP members are exempt from having to participate in Gateway to Work based on health, education or other factors. These exemptions include:

  • Caregiver of a dependent child under seven years old
  • Caregiver of a disabled dependent
  • Homeless
  • Illness (certified) or incapacity (temporary)
  • Institutionalized
  • Kinship caregiver of abused or neglected child
  • Medically frail
  • Pregnant
  • Recently incarcerated
  • Student (half or full time)
  • Substance use disorder
  • Age 60 years or older
  • TANF or SNAP recipient
  • Other possible exemptions after review

If you have a concern about your exemption status, you should contact your health plan.

You can see more details on Gateway to Work exemptions here.

Qualifying activities

Many activities count for Gateway to Work. Gateway to Work groups activities into three categories - work, learn and serve - as shown here:


  • Employed / self employed
  • Homeschooling
  • Job search activities
  • On-the-job-training


  • Adult education (GED / HSE)
  • College courses
  • General education classes
  • Job skills training
  • Vocational education


  • Volunteer work
  • Public service
  • Caregiving services
  • You do not need documentation to report qualifying activities
  • Travel time to and from school and time spent on homework counts as learning hours
  • You can find more activity opportunities here in the searchable Gateway to Work database

You can see more details on how to count qualifying activities here.

Where should I start?

You can take an assessment on this page that will help you identify if you have an exemption, what activities might be right for you and how to get started. You can always contact your health plan for help with Gateway to Work.

How to report hours

You can report your hours for Gateway to Work by calling your health plan or online through the FSSA benefits portal. Click here for more information.