The state says it’s created a new system to connect Ohioans to Medicaid benefits, faster. This is just another step in the state’s project to better coordinate public assistance programs.
The new system received more than 1,100 applications in its first day of operation. This was also the first time people under the expanded Medicaid program could sign-up online. The digital application service replaces the old system which had been in place for 32 years.
Sam Rossi with the Ohio Department of Medicaid says by 2015 the site will become a one-stop shop for Ohioans to find out if they’re eligible for Medicaid, food stamps and welfare.
“This is a central location for instantaneous eligibility determination, that’s something Ohio has never had.”
Those who apply might find out they aren’t eligible for Medicaid, in which case the office will refer them to possible benefits through the federal exchange.