Those eligible for Medicaid under Ohio's expansion must reapply on state website
January 15, 2014 / Medicaid
Due to technical difficulties, the federal health insurance exchange website, healthcare.gov, cannot send applications for Medicaid to the Ohio Department of Medicaid. The Ohio Department of Medicaid is encouraging everyone who thinks they may be eligible for Medicaid to complete an application for Medicaid on the Ohio Department of Medicaid website (Benefits.Ohio.gov) or by going to their local county department of Job and Family Services to complete an application.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I already applied for Medicaid using the federal exchange website (healthcare.gov)?
Your application will be approved faster if you complete the application again on the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s site. You can do this by going to benefits.ohio.gov or by visiting your county Department of Job and Family Services.
I do not know which type of Medicaid I am eligible for, how do I apply?
You can apply for all types of Medicaid by visiting the Ohio Department of Medicaid web-site or by going to your county Department of Job and Family services. You do not need to know exactly what you are eligible for before filling out your application.
I have a disability and need help completing my application, where can I find help?
You can call Disability Rights Ohio at 800-282-9181 (TTY 800-858-3542). Press “2” to speak to an intake specialist. We can help you find resources in your community to help.
I received help from a Navigator or In-Person Assister in completing my application, do I have to reapply?
Contact the Navigator or In-Person Assister who helped you complete your application to make sure that they helped you apply directly to the Ohio Department of Medicaid, and not to the federal exchange website.
I am not eligible for Medicaid, but I need help buying a private insurance plan. What do I do?
The Ohio Department of Medicaid is only processing applications for the Medicaid program. If you are not eligible for Medicaid, but need to shop for and apply for private insurance, than the federal exchange website can still help you. You can look at private insurance plans and see if you are eligible for something called a "premium subsidy." A premium subsidy can help lower the cost of a private insurance plan. You must use the federal exchange website to apply for premium subsidies.
I have already applied for private insurance coverage using the federal exchange website, do I have to reapply?
No. You do not have to reapply.
If you have any other questions call us. We will do our best to help you get answers to your questions.
You can call us at 800-282-9181 (TTY 800-858-3542). Press “2” to speak to an intake specialist.