INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (April 22, 2021) – CareSource, a nationally recognized nonprofit health plan, has launched a new program providing members with assistance to reinstate their driver’s license in the event of a lapse, suspension or revocation. In partnership with the state of Indiana, CareSource is offering up to $500 in order to offset the fees and fines associated with reinstatement. The program is available to all eligible CareSource members in Indiana.
“At CareSource, we recognize the importance of having a valid driver’s license because without one, it’s difficult to find work and to keep up with necessary medical appointments,” said Steve Smitherman, CareSource Indiana president. “This program is just another way we’re assisting our members in achieving whole person care, and we are proud to be able to offer this benefit in order to support Governor Holcomb’s goal in reversing barriers to obtaining driver’s licenses throughout the state.”
In 2019, 330,000 Indiana residents had an active driver’s license suspension, meaning 5% of the population had a suspended license at that time. The new program is available now to any CareSource member as long as they do not meet exclusion criteria set forth by the state. For example, members could receive assistance from the program if they had their license suspended for misdemeanor infractions or economic challenges.
In order to assist, CareSource follows standard processes to directly pay the organizations at which any fees or fines exist, like the BMV. Fees range from $250 to $1,000 in addition to the payment of outstanding traffic tickets or other events that triggered the suspension. The program will not provide members with legal assistance, but CareSource can refer members to specialists.
“As of this year, more than 700,000 Hoosiers have a suspended driver’s license, with about 80% of those cases tied up in fees that people can’t afford,” said Dr. Cameual Wright, CareSource Indiana vice president and market chief medical officer. “Many people may struggle to afford the reinstatement fees alone, let alone any underlying costs that may exist. The reinstatement program is the first step in the right direction and will benefit all our members in helping them achieve greater self-sufficiency.”