Rebecca’s Response: Medicaid Explained

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    In Ohio, if you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI ) benefits, you will be automatically eligible for Medicaid. If you are currently enrolled in a Medicaid plan, you should be switched to SSI Medicaid which has a passive renewal process, so you won’t typically have to fill out a yearly renewal form so long as you continue to receive SSI benefits.

    If you are not enrolled in a Medicaid plan when you are approved for SSI, you will be auto-enrolled into one of the 5 plans available in Ohio: CareSource, United, Buckeye, Molina, and Paramount. If you call within 60 days for your SSI approval, you can decide which plan to enroll in.

    If you are eligible for SSI and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) (also called dual eligible or concurrent eligibility), you may be eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare if you fall under the income and asset requirements for SSI.

    In Ohio, 24 counties, including Cuyahoga, are part of My Care Ohio, a managed care program designed for Ohioans who receive both Medicaid and Medicare benefits.

    For more information about Medicaid or My Care Ohio, call the Ohio Medicaid Consumer Hotline at (800) 324-8680.

    ~ Rebecca Cervenak

    Rebecca is part of our team of lawyers fighting to get our clients disability benefits in Ohio. After graduating from Bowling Green State University, she went to law school and worked in San Diego before moving back to Ohio to join our team of Cleveland SSD lawyers. To learn more about Rebecca, click here.