If you or a loved one is in need of medical care, you may be concerned about the costs. Cincinnati offers top notch health services for senior residents, but assisted living, in-home care and long-term nursing care can become expensive over the years. Ohio Medicaid provides Cincinnati seniors with free or low-cost health coverage so that their monthly medical expenses are slashed down to a manageable amount.
Whether or not you are eligible to receive Medicaid benefits depends on your financial situation, including your income and assets. While some individuals may qualify for free health coverage, others may be required to pay a small co-pay. Families and seniors over 65 that meet Ohio’s financial requirements can apply for state Medicaid benefits. The program is also open to disabled and legally blind individuals.
If you or a family member happens to be tech-savvy, you can quickly and easily find out if you are eligible and apply for Medicaid online by visiting the Ohio Benefits webpage. This site will walk you through the entire application process and works best with the latest version of Internet Explorer.
If you don’t want to apply for Medicaid over the Internet or need assistance with your application, you can visit the local Hamilton County Job & Family Services Department. You can reach the department by calling (513) 946-1000 or by visiting their office at 222 East Central Parkway between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Some seniors choose to apply for Medicaid by calling the Ohio Medicaid Consumer Hotline at 1-800-324-8680. A live representative will be available to help you complete your application and answer any Medicaid-related questions that you might have over the phone. Seniors that are already on the Ohio Medicaid plan can also call the hotline with questions, or request help finding a provider in their area.
If you qualify for Medicaid, the services available to you and the amount of coverage that you will receive depend on your unique medical and financial situation. All Medicaid recipients are covered when it comes to routine medical care such as doctor’s appointments and lab work, but only certain seniors qualify for financial assistance with long-term care. The Ohio Medicaid program will pay for assisted living, nursing home or in-home care only when it is deemed medically necessary.
Ohio seniors on Medicaid have access to both emergency and non-emergency medical transportation with no co-pay cost involved, assuming that there is no other means of transportation available. In situations that are not an emergency, such as a routine medical appointment, individuals should book a ride at least 5 business days in advance. Cincinnati residents must submit a Non-Emergency Transportation (NET) request to the Hamilton County Job & Family Services Department by fax or email for approval. If you have questions regarding the form or transportation procedures, you can contact Hamilton County Job & Family Services Department at (513) 946-1000.
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