a few examples that Governor Holcomb provided yesterday on how we’re
reimagining your state government
If you’ve been listening to Governor Holcomb for long, you know that “great
government service” is one of his five fundamental governing principles.
And today, he discussed how – because of COVID-19 – we’re not just providing
great government service, butwe’re continuing to reimagine the way we’re
serving Hoosiers as we get Indiana’s economy back on track.
Here are just a few examples that Governor Holcomb provided yesterday on how
we’re reimagining your state government –
1.) Broadband Internet for Rural Indiana
Governor Holcomb is leading Indiana's largest single state investment in
broadband in our state's history – announcing a $100 million phased investment
Here’s a map of broadband investments made just last year:
And now during a pandemic, it’s more important than ever to make sure we’re
all connected.That’s why in July we’ll be announcing the next round of
broadband funding, with 72 applications received in 47 counties. Stay tuned!
2.) Help for Hoosier Small Businesses
We all know that small businesses are the backbone of Indiana’s economy. And
that’s why Indiana is launching a new phase of the COVID-19 Response Program to
help those small businesses who have been hit hard by the pandemic.
Local governments can apply for up to $250,000 in funding, and then use that
funding to provide either grants or loans of up to $25,000 to small businesses
that keep their employees working. If you’re a community interested in applying
for this funding stream, contact the Indiana Office of Community and Rural
Affairs at [email protected]
3.) Helping Hoosiers With Healthcare Expenses
More big news today! Indiana has received a waiver for a first-in-the-nation
program that’s helping Hoosiers transition from Indiana’s Healthy Indiana Plan
(HIP) to private insurance, without experiencing a gap in coverage.
This newly-approved program allows Hoosiers transitioning out of HIP access to
up to $1,000 from their POWER account for up to 12 months to pay premiums,
deductibles, copayments and coinsurance during their transition to commercial
coverage. This will provide critical assistance as HIP members skill-up and
continue to pursue meaningful employment.
As you can see, Governor Holcomb is committed to providing great government
service to Hoosiers – now, and always.