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Gateway to Work

What is Gateway to Work?

Gateway to Work is a part of the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP). It connects HIP members like you with ways to look for work, train for jobs, finish school and volunteer. The Indiana Family Social and Services Administration (FSSA) will give you your Gateway to Work status. Your status will be Reporting, Reporting Met or Exempt.

Gateway to Work Health Indiana Plan

If your Gateway to Work status is “Reporting,” you are encouraged to do a number of activity hours each month and report them. There are many activities you can do. Activity hours are reported using the FSSA Benefits Portal or by calling MHS. MHS can answer questions or connect you with new activities.

Contact MHS if you have questions about Gateway to Work.

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If you don’t see your question below, read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (PDF).

Any HIP member can do the Gateway to Work program. Based on the information you have reported to FSSA, a Gateway to Work status has been assigned to you. Every HIP member has one of the following status assignments for Gateway to Work:

Exempt – “Exempt" means you meet an exemption for Gateway to Work. You can still participate and use Gateway to Work resources if you want.

Reporting Met – “Reporting Met" means you do not meet an exemption, but already work at least 20 hours per week. You can still participate and use Gateway to Work resources if you want.

Reporting – “Reporting" means you are encouraged to do Gateway to Work. You are encouraged to participate in qualifying activities for a certain number of hours each month and report those activities each month through the FSSA Benefits Portal. You can also call MHS to report your hours.

FSSA will mail you a letter with your Gateway to Work status. To check your Gateway to Work status, call MHS at 1-833-245-7901, log on to the FSSA Benefits Portal, or look at your monthly POWER Account statement. Your status may change during the year if you have a change in your work or school status, or if you start or stop meeting an exemption.

All HIP members are assigned a Gateway to Work status. This is so we can help connect you with opportunities to work, learn and serve in your community and to collect data so we can evaluate and improve Gateway to Work. The following are Gateway to Work program exemptions. If your status is “Exempt,” you can participate if you want to. Exemptions include:

  • Age 60 years and older
    • Your exemption starts the month you turn 60 years old
  • TANF or SNAP recipient
    • All months you are receiving TANF (cash assistance) or SNAP (EBT card) benefits
  • Medically frail
    • All months you have been determined medically frail by your health plan
  • Pregnant
    • All months you are pregnant beginning the month you get pregnant and then for 2 months after delivery
  • Homeless
    • All months you are homeless or do not have stable housing
  • Institutionalized
    • Within the last 30 days, all months you have been in a hospital or facility for more than 1 day
  • In treatment for a substance use disorder
    • All months you are in substance abuse or addiction treatment
  • Recently incarcerated for a period of at least 30 days in the past 6 months
    • If you have been in prison or jail for at least 30 days in the last 6 months, you are exempt the month you are released and the 6 months following your release
  • Certified temporary illness or incapacity
    • All months you have a temporary illness or incapacity determined by the following:
      • You have an inpatient hospital stay covered by HIP
      • You have an illness or injury certified by your doctor
  • Caregiver:
    • All months you are a primary caregiver for the following
      • A dependent child under 13 years old (a dependent is your biological child, stepchild, foster child, sibling, step-sibling, grandchild, step-grandchild or other relative)
      • A disabled dependent (a dependent is your biological child, stepchild, foster child, sibling, step-sibling, grandchild, step-grandchild or other relative)
      • Kinship caregiver of an abused or neglected child (kinship caregiver means you are a relative to this child)
  • Student (half or full-time)
    • All months you are enrolled and attending, a postsecondary educational institution (like college) or vocational school. Half time is 2 classes in a long semester or 1 class in a short semester.
  • Other possible exemptions will be reviewed for good cause on an individual basis

If you meet one of these exemptions and were not given a Gateway to Work “Exempt” status, you need to call MHS.

While there will not be suspensions at this time, we will still encourage members to report their activities. 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 you are encouraged 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:

Date

Recommended 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

For example, in July 2019, if you do 5 hours of activities each week, you will meet the 20 hour goal for the month. When the hours schedule goes up in October 2019, if you do 10 hours of activities each week, you will meet the 40 hour goal for the month.

You can earn hours in more than one category. For example, in one month you could go to job training for 5 hours and volunteer for 5 hours to earn 10 hours.

Work

  • Employment
    • Employed or self-employed and receiving wages
  • Job search activities
    • Such as going to job fairs, applying for jobs, reviewing online job postings or writing your resume
  • Education related to employment
    • On-the-job training
  • Homeschooling
    • You homeschool your child in the home setting, meeting all legal requirements for homeschooling
  • Members of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi participating in the tribe’s comprehensive Pathways program

Learn

  • Adult education
    • Preparing to take the High School Equivalency test
    • Attending educational classes beyond high school (postsecondary education like college)
    • Attending other general education classes or training from a not-for-profit, public institution or Gateway to Work partner
      • Activity hours includes class time, study time and travel time
  • General education
    • Such as taking a budgeting, computer skills, gardening or cooking classes
  • Job skills training
  • Vocational education or training
  • English as a Second Language education

Serve

  • Volunteer work
    • Such as helping at your children’s school, your church or helping people in your neighborhood
  • Community service/public service with any organization
    • Volunteering through an established nonprofit organization.
  • Community work experience
    • A program offered by a Gateway to Work partner that would provide you with general skills, knowledge and work habit training
  • Caregiving services
    • Such as helping a person with a chronic, disabling condition.

Other activities may be accepted based on individual review.

General information about Gateway to Work can be found at HIP.in.gov (click on “Gateway to Work”). The website includes:

  • Link to the FSSA Benefits Portal to report your hours
  • General information about Gateway to Work
  • An online assessment to help you find what Gateway to Work activity might be right for you and where to start
  • A list of places where you can work or volunteer

MHS can also provide resources for participation in Gateway to Work.

To report an activity, you will need the type, date, location and the number of hours completed. You can report at any time after the activity is complete. You can report your hours:

  • Online – Use the FSSA Benefits Portal on your phone or desktop computer.
  • By phone with MHS – Call MHS at 1-833-245-7901 to report hours.

You can also find a Gateway to Work partner on the HIP website at HIP.in.gov (click on “Gateway to Work”) who may be able to help you.

MHS will send you your Gateway to Work status on each monthly POWER Account statement. This will help you keep track of your progress every month throughout the year.

Many resources are available to help members participate in the Gateway to Work program. You can take an online assessment at HIP.in.gov (click on “Gateway to Work”) to help you find activities you can do for Gateway to Work. You can also call MHS to take the assessment over the phone. If you need more help, we can do a longer assessment over the phone. We can talk about your interests and skills and develop a plan for you to be successful with Gateway to Work.

For questions about the program or issues reporting hours, contact MHS at 1-833-245-7901