Health Insurance Program (HIP)


The Louisiana Health Insurance Program (HIP) is a federally funded program through the Office of Public Health’s HIV/AIDS Program.  The purpose of HIP is to assist qualified individuals with payments to insurance providers for premium payments as well as co-payments and deductibles as specified by the applicant’s insurance plan, including private insurance carriers as well as Medicare Parts B and D.

Please note: 

The Health Insurance Program (HIP) enrollment has moved to Louisiana Health Access Program (LA HAP) at the STD/HIV Program (SHP) office effective Monday, June 30, 2014.

THIS MEANS ALL APPLICATIONS & RE-CERTIFICATIONS FOR INSURANCE SERVICES (HIP) MUST NOW BE COMPLETED ON LA HAP APPLICATIONS AND SENT TO LA HAP via fax to 504-568-3157 (preferred) or by mail to 1450 Poydras St, Suite 2136, New Orleans, LA 70112.

The new application can be found on the LA HAP website or you can download it here (updated 11/10/16).

Patient Information

The program helps cover the following expenses:

  • Medications
  • Physician Visits
  • Laboratory Work
  • Diagnostic Tests
  • Dental and Vision Premiums, Co-Pays and Deductibles

HIP Eligibility Requirements:

  • HIV+/AIDS Diagnosis
  • Louisiana Residency
  • Proof of Income (Income cannot exceed 300% of the federal poverty guidelines.) View the 2017 federal poverty guidelines.
  • Proof of Insurance/Copy of Policy
  • Schedule/Summary of Benefits from Insurance Provider
  • Proof of current Low Income Subsidy application (Medicare benefit recipients)

HIP Program Exclusions:

  • In-patient hospital stays
  • Erectile Dysfunction Drugs
  • Discount Health and Pharmacy Plans
  • Products or services not covered by the primary insurance carrier
  • Medicare Part D premium penalty payments

Enrollment in HIP is subject to program availability and requires annual re-certification.  To learn more about HIP or to apply to the program, please call the HAART offices at (225) 927-1269.

Provider Information

HIP Quick Facts & How to invoice HIP

  • In order to be eligible for HIP, consumers must have a primary insurance provider (Medicare or commercial insurance).
  • HIP pays for co-payments/coinsurance/cost-share and deductibles for program participants.
  • If the services/medications rendered are not covered or denied by the primary insurance carrier then they are NOT eligible for reimbursement by HIP.
  • HIP will not reimburse consumers for payments made directly to providers.
  • To file a claim with HIP please send a HCFA-1500 (Health insurance claim form) as well as an EOB from the primary insurer to HAART, Attn: HIP, PO Box 66913, Baton Rouge, LA 70896 or fax to (225) 927-1267 Attn: HIP.

For more information, please feel free to download the HIP Provider Packet.