The Ohio Department of Medicaid is committed to removing barriers and expanding access to long-term care received in home and community-based settings. In conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation and additional state agencies, Ohio Medicaid is an active participant in the Balancing Incentive Program.
In June 2013, the Ohio Department of Medicaid was awarded more than $169 million in additional federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) for its commitment to direct half of all Medicaid long-term care funding to home and community-based services (HCBS) by September 30, 2015.
The Balancing Incentive Program is an opportunity for states to receive enhanced federal funding, on a time limited basis, to improve access to home and community-based long-term services and supports (LTSS). In addition to achieving a “rebalancing” of long-term care spending, participating states must also:
- Establish a no-wrong-door/single entry point system eligibility determination and enrollment system;
- Implement a case management system that is free of conflicts of interest; and
- Develop core standardized assessments.
State Profiles: Balancing Incentive Program
Ohio BIP Dashboard