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Families can find several public resources to assist in getting access to and coverage for, health care, mental health services, and disability benefits.

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Ohio Medicaid

Ohio Medicaid offers two programs for children, families, and pregnant women with limited income to get health care:

  • Healthy Start provides health care for kids from birth to age 19 and pregnant women
  • Healthy Families provides health care for the entire family. Families meeting Healthy Start and Healthy Families income guidelines can get coverage for free or at a very low cost. Some services for some family members may have co-pays of $1 to $3.

Who's eligible?

Family size and income will determine if the family is eligible. Click here to see income eligibility guidelines: http://jfs.ohio.gov/OHP/consumers/HSHFIncomeGuidelines.pdf

Services can include:

  • Doctor visits
  • Pregnancy Services
  • Prescriptions
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Hospital Care
  • Dental Care
  • Vision Care
  • Immunizations

Who should I contact?

Call the Medicaid Consumer Hotline at 1-800-324-8680 to request an application. The Hotline staff can help you fill out the form and mail it to you for signature. The Hotline is open 7 days a week. You can also visit: http://www.jfs.ohio.gov/ohp to download an application. You will need to print it out and mail it to your local county office of job and family services.

Medicaid for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

Ohio Medicaid offers a span of programs for older adults and people with disabilities to assist with medical expenses. These programs provide health care coverage consisting of primary and acute-care benefit packages along with long-term care.

Who's eligible?

To qualify for Aged, Blind & People with Disabilities (ABD) Medicaid, applicants must be:

  • age 65 or older, or
  • considered legally blind, or
  • an individual with a disability (as classified by the Social Security Administration), and ,
  • must meet basic requirements.

When applying for this type of Medicaid, proof of income, resources, age or disability, citizenship (if not a U.S. citizen) and other health insurance is required.

Services may include

Medicaid for older adults and people of all ages with disabilities covers primary, acute and long-term care. It also covers prescription drugs, home care, doctor visits, hospital care, laboratory work and X-rays, medical equipment and supplies, dental care, transportation, mental health, vision services, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, and other services.

Who should I contact?

To apply for ABD Medicaid, an application and an interview need to be completed at the local county department of job and family services. For phone numbers to the local departments, call the Consumer Hotline at 1-800-324-8680.

For more information about the program, you can view a Fact Sheet here http://jfs.ohio.gov/OHP/bcps/FactSheets/ABD_Medicaid.pdf.

Medicaid Buy-In for Workers with Disabilities (MBIWD)

MBIWD is an Ohio Medicaid program that provides health care coverage to working Ohioans with disabilities. Historically, people with disabilities were often discouraged from working because their earnings made them ineligible for Medicaid coverage. MBIWD was created to enable Ohioans with disabilities to work and still keep their health care coverage.

Who's eligible?

To qualify for MBIWD, a person must:

  • Be 16 to 64 years old;
  • Be disabled as per the Social Security Administration or as determined by Ohio Medicaid or eligible under the MBIWD medically improved category;
  • Be employed in paid work (includes part-time and full-time work);
  • Pay a premium (if applicable);
  • Meet certain basic requirements and financial criteria.

Who should I contact?

The Ohio Medicaid Consumer Hotline has representatives who can explain details of the program and answer your questions. Call toll-free at 1-800-324-8680 or TTY for the hearing impaired 1-800-292-3572. For more information about the program, please visit http://jfs.ohio.gov/ohp/mbiwd.stm.

Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security pays disability benefits under two programs :

  • The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program pays benefits to you and certain family members if you've worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. Your adult child also may qualify for benefits on your earnings record if he or she has a disability that started before age 22.
  • The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. SSI benefits also are payable to people 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial limits.

To apply for either of these disability benefits, you are asked to provide information about your medical condition, work and education history to determine if you meet eligibility requirements. For further information on qualifying for disability benefits, please visit http://www.ssa.gov/disability/.

Who should I contact?

Whether filing for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the process begins by contacting the Social Security Administration in one of these ways:


If you receive Social Security disability benefits for two years, you are automatically enrolled in Medicare. Medicare has two parts -- hospital insurance and medical insurance.

  • Hospital insurance helps pay for inpatient hospital bills and some follow-up care. The taxes you paid while you were working financed this coverage, so it is free.
  • Medical insurance helps pay doctors' bills, outpatient hospital care and other medical services. You will need to pay a monthly premium for this coverage if you want it.

Everyone with Medicare also has access to prescription drug coverage. For more information, see Medicare's Prescription Drug Coverage page.

People with limited income and resources may qualify for help with prescription drug plan costs. For more info, please visit http://www.ssa.gov/prescriptionhelp/.

Who should I contact?

If you have questions about this coverage, you can contact Medicare toll-free at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to speak to a Medicare Customer Service Representative. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

If you will have trouble paying the Medicare Part B premiums there is help for low income Medicare beneficiaries.

Mental Health Services

Through local mental health boards across Ohio, you can find out about agencies in your community that can provide you and/or your child with mental health services. The boards do not provide these services directly to you, but contract with local agencies to provide them. In some counties, the mental health and the alcohol and drug addiction boards are combined into one organization.

Who's eligible?

Anyone with a diagnosed mental health illness

Services can include:

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services administer a behavioral health Medicaid benefit. Services can include: pharmacological management (medication/medication management); mental health assessment (diagnostic assessment); behavioral counseling and therapy (individual/group counseling); crisis intervention; community psychiatric support treatment; and partial hospitalization.

Who should I contact?

You can locate the service agencies closest to your community by contacting your county's board. Click here to find a map of all the boards across the state.

For additional information, contact medicaid@mh.ohio.gov.

Home and Community Based Waiver

Home and community-based waivers are programs of in-home and community care that can help individuals with disabilities remain at home instead of being in a nursing home, hospital or facility for people with mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities. Waivers allow participants, who have disabilities and chronic conditions, to have more control of their lives and remain active participants in their community. In addition to providing an alternative to institutional care, waivers enable Ohio Medicaid to try new programs with limited enrollment and locations, and waive certain eligibility requirements. Ohio has several different waiver programs that fit different ages and service needs.

Who's eligible?

Each waiver program has its own set of eligibility criteria. You can learn more about each waiver program and eligibility requirements at http://jfs.ohio.gov/OHP/consumers/HCBS.stm.

Who should I contact?

  • For people with severe disabilities and medically unstable conditions who require care in a hospital or nursing facility, call the Medicaid Consumer Hotline at 1-800-324-8680. The Hotline is open 7 days a week.
  • For people who require care in a facility for mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities. Contact your local County Board of Developmental Disabilities. To find contact information for your county, visit http://odmrdd.state.oh.us/contacts/countyboards1.htm and click on County Board Roster OR contact the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities at 1- 877- 464-6733 and ask to speak to someone about waiver programs.
  • For people who are age 60 or older who require care in a nursing facility, contact your local area agency on aging: http://www.aging.ohio.gov/resources/areaagenciesonaging/
  • OR contact the Ohio Department of Aging at 1-800-266-4346 and ask to speak to someone about waiver programs