Gateway to Work
Gateway to Work helps connect HIP members with job training and search assistance, or other education, community engagement or work opportunities.
HIP members who are unemployed or working less than 20 hours a week are referred to available employment, work search and job training programs that will assist them in securing new or potentially better employment.
Gateway to Work is currently a free, voluntary program. Whether or not a HIP member chooses to participate or not does not currently affect Healthy Indiana Plan coverage or benefits.
Once engaged in the Gateway to Work program, members may receive case management services, participate in a structured job readiness program and receive help with their job search. Additional training, volunteer work experiences and/or education may be provided, as appropriate. Gateway to Work participants are also invited to attend hiring events with employers.
Gateway to Work begins with an assessment of your skills and abilities to identify what needs to be done to help you achieve your employment goals. It includes an analysis of:
- Your current strengths
- What you need in the way of job readiness or vocational training
- Any barriers that might exist and would need to be overcome to help you succeed
Program activities include classes that can help you with filling out job applications, putting together your resume and learning how to do well in job interviews. Gateway to Work can also provide job search assistance, with tools that match your experience and skills with employers who have positions to fill. In some cases, financial assistance is available to pay for short term skills training for high-demand jobs and/or classes you can take to help you get the education and credentials you need to be competitive in today’s job market.
Services may also be available to you to help overcome any barriers that are standing in the way of your success. These can include money for transportation or clothing required to start a new job.
To get started, all you need to do is call the program at 1-800-403-0864, and choose Option 1, then Option 6. Our staff is standing by to schedule you for an orientation in your area where you can learn more and sign up. Staff are available to answer calls on Monday - Friday from 8:00 - 4:30 EST.
NEW – To help ensure Indiana has a healthy workforce, starting in 2019 participation in the Gateway to Work program will be required for some HIP members. Unless they fall into one of several exempt categories, such as being medically frail, pregnant, in treatment for substance use or a primary caregiver of a child younger than school age, HIP members will be required to work, go to school, volunteer or participate in other qualifying activities up to 20 hours a week. Members required to participate will need to meet these requirements for at least 8 out 12 months of the year starting in January 2019. More information will be posted to this site about the upcoming changes to the program in the coming months.