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Medicaid Expansion Program may provide eligibility without spend down
March 11, 2014

The Medicaid Expansion Program may now benefit individuals that currently pay a monthly spend down or were not previously eligible.


On January 1, 2014, Medicaid Expansion went into effect and offers potential relief to those with a monthly spend down. The program now allows for Ohio residents to apply for Medicaid benefits without the expenditure, if certain qualifications are met.


"If you are under 65 and not currently eligible for Medicare, you may be able to switch to this new category of Medicaid and avoid having a monthly spend down," said Kathleen McGarvey, Managing Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.  "The benefits package for the expansion category of Medicaid is just as generous and utilizes the same managed care plans."


Medicaid eligibility in Ohio also expanded to 133% of the Federal Poverty Level ($1,274/month for a household of one).  This eligibility affects low-income Ohioans regardless of whether they have children or are disabled. 


Although change in Medicaid status does not automatically occur, there are many resources in Madison County to reapply or start an initial application.  To apply under the new rules, Ohio residents can apply online at medicaid.ohio.gov or visit their county Jobs and Family Services office. 


Applications are also accepted at Madison County Hospital, through Heidi Beathard, Patient Benefits Advisor.  An appointment with Heidi can be made by calling 740-845-7033 or by e-mail at hbeathard@mch-ohio.org.

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