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. Whether you’re looking for a place to volunteer, a better-paying job or new skills, Gateway to Work can help.
Gateway to Work was designed with a requirement for some members to do Gateway to Work activities to keep their HIP benefits. However, the state is not currently enforcing benefit suspensions and will not until after a federal lawsuit is resolved. Before the program is reinitiated, members would receive substantial advance notice regarding the timeline.
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 do not need to report hours 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, but you can still participate and use Gateway to Work resources if you want.|
|Reporting||You are encouraged 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.|
While there will not be suspensions, we will still encourage our members to report their activities to the state and will let them know their current status. This is so we can help connect members with opportunities to work, learn and serve in their communities and to collect data so we can evaluate and improve Gateway to Work.
The number of activity hours to report 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:
|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 participating in Gateway to Work based on health, education or other factors. These exemptions include:
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.
Many activities count for Gateway to Work. Gateway to Work groups activities into three categories - work, learn and serve - as shown here:
- 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.