Medicaid is a state and federally funded health program for certain low income and medically vulnerable people. Medicaid includes a large array of medical benefits and each Medicaid program has its own set of financial guidelines. The most common is basic Medicaid, and rules put in place in December of 2013 expanded eligibility for Medicaid.
Family Medical coverage is available to all households with a minor child in the home. This program also assists pregnant women with health care coverage throughout their pregnancy up to 60 days after the birth of their child. Coverage can be family coverage for all household members or coverage for the children only, based on the household’s income.
Medicaid Extension guidelines have been implemented under the Affordable Care Act. Eligibility is now offered to adults without children in the home who are under the age of 65. Federal income guidelines apply. Learn more about Government Healthcare and State benefits or call the Medicaid Consumer Hotline at 1-800-324-8680. Representatives are available to answer questions related to eligibility or Medicaid due to the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Extension.
Medicaid also offers program for elderly and disabled individuals. There are multiple Medicaid programs available to this population based on disability status, income, and resource guidelines. Anyone over the age of 65 or in receipt of SSI or Social Security Disability benefits may qualify for these programs if they meet the income and resource requirements.
Medicaid assistance is also available to nursing home residents and those in need of home health services if all financial and resource eligibility exists. The best solution for someone with severe disability or fragile medical state may be a nursing facility. They provide care for individuals who cannot care for themselves at home, and nursing homes assist with activities of daily living.
To qualify for Medicaid, a person must:
- be a U.S. citizen or meet Medicaid citizenship requirements;
- be an Ohio resident;
- have or get a social security number; and
- meet certain financial requirements