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Gateway to Work

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Gateway to Work

Gateway to Work connects HIP members with ways to look for work, train for jobs, finish school and volunteer. 

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 1-844-429-9623 (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:

  • 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
  • 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

  • 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 using 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 1-844-429-9623 (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.
Resources and 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
Frequently asked questions about Gateway to Work.​

ULearn Anthem is an online skills training and education program that can help you meet your Gateway to Work requirements. You can access ULearn from any computer, and it’s provided by Anthem at no cost to you.

The activities and trainings you complete in ULearn count toward your required hours. These include:

  • Financial and health literacy classes
  • Job skills profile
  • Personalized job search tool
  • Career and employment skills training
  • Certification training
  • GED preparation
Getting started

It’s easy to get started! You’ll get an email from ULearn with your username and password. Visit the ULearn Anthem website to log in.

Go to ULearn
Didn't get an email?

Call us at 1-844-429-9623 (TTY 711), and we’ll help you get your ULearn Anthem account set up.

Next steps
  1. View the Getting Started video when you log in to ULearn for the first time.
  2. Choose an activity or training to begin earning hours.
  3. Complete your Job Skills Profile to access the complete training library.
  4. Report all of your hours on the FSSA benefits portal. If you need help reporting your hours, call us at 1-844-429-9623 (TTY 711).
For questions about the program or issues reporting hours, call Anthem at 1-844-429-9623 (TTY 711).

To learn more about Gateway to Work, visit these links on the FSSA website:

Page Last Updated: 11/11/2019