Ohio was the third state to reach agreement with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on a new initiative to better coordinate care for individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. MyCare Ohio is a system of managed care plans selected to coordinate the physical, behavioral, and long-term care services for individuals over age 18 who are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare, including people with disabilities, older adults, and individuals who receive behavioral health services. Ohioans in 29 pilot counties will enroll in a MyCare Ohio plan for Medicaid services beginning in May 2014. Medicare services will be added to the MyCare Ohio plan benefits beginning in January 2015 - earlier if the individual chooses, or not at all if they opt out.
20,000th Ohioan enrolled through new eligibility system
Yesterday, Ohio Medicaid approved its 20,000th application submitted through the state's new integrated eligibility system. Since December 9, thousands of residents have applied for Medicaid coverage online at Benefits.Ohio.gov. The following figures show activity on the website as of January 22, 2014:
Total applications received: 54,420
Total applications approved: 20,338
Total applications denied: 3,900
The state is working closely with its county partners to resolve pending cases as quickly as possible. Information about retroactive coverage for pending cases can be found here.
Beginning in mid-February, Medicaid enrollment information will be updated monthly on the Ohio Medicaid website, including detailed information about the number of applications approved for the newly eligible Medicaid population.