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INDIANAPOLIS | Some 300,000 participants in Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 now also are eligible for specialized job training and work search assistance through the state's new Gateway to Work program.

The free service provides members of the government-assisted health plan assessments of their job skills and experience, along with recommendations for meeting their employment goals.

"Gateway to Work and the Healthy Indiana Plan are ideally matched, because they give low-income Hoosiers a set of parallel tracks toward improving their health, their lives and the lives of their families," Gov. Mike Pence said.

Specific Gateway to Work assistance is available for completing job applications, creating resumes, practicing job-interview skills and finding work with Hoosier businesses seeking employees.

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"In some cases financial assistance is available to pay for short-term skills training for high-demand jobs, or classes to secure credentials needed in highly competitive fields," said Adrienne Shields, family resources director at the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.

Participation in Gateway to Work is voluntary and does not affect eligibility or continued participation in HIP 2.0, the state's alternative to the Medicaid expansion required by the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

HIP members soon will receive letters detailing how to connect with Gateway to Work services.

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Financial Affairs Reporter

Dan has reported on Indiana state government for The Times since 2009. He also covers casinos, campaigns and corruption.