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.
Low-income Ohioans can start signing up for Medicaid coverage online, along with those who are newly eligible under an expansion of the health program.
The online enrollment option being launched today is part of a new state system. Residents also can learn about what type of health coverage could be available to them through the new website, www.benefits.ohio.gov.
Ohioans who are newly eligible for Medicaid under an expansion of the program can apply for coverage that begins on Jan. 1.
As the fiasco continues in Washington over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, technical problems still plague healthcare.gov, the website that was meant to be the law’s easy one-stop shop for subsidized health care plans. Enrollment numbers released last week were disturbingly low, with just 27,000 enrollments through the federal site in the first month after its Oct. 1 launch.
Federally-funded Medicaid expansion is projected to save the state over $400 million. Now, lawmakers and other groups are pitching their ideas for how to use that money. There's not a lot of agreement on what to do with the savings. Emily McCord speaks to Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles about the different options on the table.