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Gateway to Work

Gateway to Work

Anthem is here to help make Gateway to Work easy


Gateway to Work is a part of the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP). It connects HIP members like you to ways to look for work, train for jobs, finish school and volunteer.  Starting in 2019, you might be required to do Gateway to Work activities to keep your HIP benefits. 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. Learn more below and in the member handbook.

Gateway to Work

Any HIP member can do the Gateway to Work program, but some HIP members are required to do it. Based on the information you have reported to FSSA, a status has been given to you. Each HIP member has one of these statuses:

Exempt ― Means you meet an exemption for Gateway to Work. You are not required to participate during months you are exempt, but you can if you want to. Exemptions include:

  •  Age 60 years and older
  • TANF/SNAP recipients (A loss in SNAP/TANF benefits will result in a loss of this exemption.)
  •  Medically frail
  • Pregnant
  •  Homeless
  •  Institutionalized
  • In treatment for a substance use disorder
  •  Recently incarcerated (for at least 30 days in the past six months)
  •  Certified temporary illness or incapacity 
  • Caregiver:
    • Primary caregiver of a dependent child under age 7
    • Primary caregiver of a disable dependent
    • Kinship caregiver of abused or neglected children
  • Student (full- or part-time)
  • Other possible exemptions will be reviewed for good cause on a caseby-case basis
Reporting Met ― Means you do not meet an exemption, but 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.

Reporting ― Means you are required to do Gateway to Work. You will have to work, attend classes or volunteer and report those activities each month through the FSSA Benefits Portal. You can also call Anthem to report your hours.

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.
FSSA will mail you a letter with your Gateway to Work status. To check your Gateway to
Work status:
  • Call Anthem at 1-866-408-6131 (TTY 711)
  • Log on to the FSSA Benefits Portal or
  • Look in your monthly POWER Account statement (beginning March 2019)
What do I have to do in Gateway to Work?

If your status is “Reporting” you may meet your required number of hours by doing any
of the qualifying activities below:

Work
  • Employment
  • Job search efforts ― attending job fairs, reviewing online job postings or writing
  • your resume
  • Education related to employment ― on-the-job training
  • Homeschooling
  • Members of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi participating in the tribe’s Comprehensive Pathways program
Learn
  • Adult education ― includes class time, study time and travel time
  • General education ― such as taking budgeting, computer skills, gardening or cooking classes
  • College level courses
  • Job skills training
  • Vocational education or training
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) education

Serve
  • Volunteer work ― such as helping at your children’s school, your church or your neighborhood
  • Community service/public service
  • Community work experience
  • Caregiving services ― helping an older adult, family member or neighbor
  • Other qualifying activity based on review
Gateway to Work’s required activity hours will increase on a set schedule. This is designed to give you time to learn about the program. The number of hours will start at 0 in January 2019 and increase as shown below:

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

If your Gateway to Work status is “Reporting,” you need to report activity hours each month the portal. You will need to enter the:
  • Type of activity 
  • Date it occurred 
  • Location and
  • Number of hours you completed


It is best to report hours as soon as you finish an activity to make sure you do not forget,
but you can report at any time after the activity is complete. You will need to report all
activity hours completed for the year by December.

You can report your hours:
  • Online by using the FSSA Benefits Portal on your phone or desktop computer.
  • With Anthem by calling 1-866-408-6131 (TTY 711) to report hours.
Anthem will send you your Gateway to Work status on each monthly POWER account statement. This will help you keep track of your progress throughout the year.

At the end of the year, a review will determine whether you have met your requirements. If you do not log or complete the required number of hours, you may lose your HIP benefits for the following year. Your HIP benefits will be suspended until you
meet the requirements for Gateway to Work.
General information about Gateway to Work can be found at 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 volunteer

Anthem can also provide resources for participation in Gateway to Work.
 For questions about the program or issues reporting hours, call Anthem at 1-866-408-6131 (TTY 711).

Page Last Updated: 11/28/18