Governor Mike Pence Receives IHA’s John C. Render Award

The one-year anniversary of HIP 2.0 is a time to celebrate the banner year that was 2015. Federal approval of the HIP 2.0 waiver last January enabled more than 155,000 newly eligible Hoosiers to receive health insurance and connected more than 350,000 Indiana residents to affordable options for coverage.

None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the leadership and advocacy of Governor Mike Pence.

At a ceremony in November 2015, the Indiana Hospital Association named Governor Pence the 2015 recipient of the John C. Render Award for Health Policy.

“I’m honored to receive the John C. Render Award for Health Policy as a reaffirmation of the broad success and support the Healthy Indiana Plan has garnered since its rollout last January,” said Governor Pence. “Because of the Indiana Hospital Association members here today, as well as the many service providers around the state, Indiana has served as a national leader in reforming Medicaid through the HIP 2.0 program by implementing this consumer-driven model.”

Created in 2011, the John C. Render Award for Health Policy is presented to someone who has a significant influence on health care policy affecting Indiana hospitals. The award is presented on special occasions when a recipient’s contributions rise to the highest level of leadership in health policy.

Past recipients of the John C. Render Award for Health Policy include Jack Basler (2013), former CEO of Henry County Hospital, and Douglas M. Kinser (2012), former COO of Henry County Hospital, Executive Assistant to Governor Frank O’Bannon and retired partner at Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman.

The award was named after John C. Render in 2011 for his leadership, courage and perseverance advocating for health policy impacting Hoosiers statewide. Render is a partner at Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C., with more than 40 years of experience focusing his practice in health care law. He has served as general counsel for IHA since 1984.

“Governor Pence has remained committed to preserving the Healthy Indiana Plan and its innovative features of personal responsibility and wellness since his first day in office, and he was steadfast in pursuing the groundbreaking HIP 2.0 program,” said Doug Leonard, president of IHA.

Since HIP 2.0 was implemented, Indiana hospitals have seen a significant reduction in the amount of uncompensated care – by as much as 20 percent – while Indiana patients gained an affordable option for health coverage. “HIP 2.0 has led to tremendous improvements in patients seeking preventive care at the right time in the right place,” added Leonard. “Thanks to the partnership between hospitals and the Pence administration, we firmly believe our state has turned a corner, and that HIP 2.0 will lead to lasting improvements in the health of Hoosiers for generations to come.”

Leonard added appreciation for the Governor’s championing of additional health policy efforts to reduce infant mortality and address the drug abuse crisis impacting many hospitals and communities across the state.