Medicaid

Politics
7:04 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Ohio Supreme Court Ruling Sets Future For Medicaid Expansion For Now

Now that the Ohio Supreme Court has made a decision on Medicaid expansion, it appears it’s here to stay - at least for now.  After the Medicaid expansion vote before the Controlling Board in October, the lawsuit was filed and then was fast-tracked to get a ruling by the end of the year so there were no oral arguments before the justices. Four of them agreed that the Controlling Board had the authority to approve spending $2.5 billion federal dollars on Medicaid expansion. The other three dissenting justices wanted to dismiss the case.

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Health, Science & The Environment
5:13 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Montgomery County Sees A Spike In Medicaid Enrollment

Amy Sylvester is a Dayton resident who would have lost insurance without the Medicaid expansion. WYSO talked to her in October.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

 The Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services reports uninsured people in the Dayton area are starting to take advantage of the newly expanded eligibility for Medicaid.

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Statewide News
7:04 am
Wed December 11, 2013

State Unveils New Medicaid Application System

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.

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Statewide News
7:35 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Ohioans Can Sign Up Online For Medicaid Program

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.

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Statewide News
7:35 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Ohio Offers Help During Medicare Open Enrollment

State officials are reminding Ohioans that they have until Dec. 7 to find Medicare coverage or switch plans under the government's program for seniors and the disabled.

The open-enrollment period gives beneficiaries a chance to review their health and prescription drug coverage. Any changes they make to their Medicare coverage will take effect Jan. 1.

The state's insurance director Mary Taylor says benefits and costs in plans can change from one year to the next, and consumers should check how those factors impact coverage.

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