Ohio Medicaid has simplified coverage for thousands of Ohioans who previously “spent down” a portion of their income each month to be eligible for health care benefits. In August 2016, the income limit was raised, and individuals with income below the new, higher eligibility limit have been automatically converted to full Medicaid.
- Individuals no longer need to “spend down” to a more restrictive income limit.
- Individuals no longer need to apply separately for SSI and Medicaid benefits.
- Medicaid coverage will be available to more low-income Ohioans.
The disability determination redesign is part of a comprehensive strategy to modernize the administration of Ohio’s Medicaid program. As a result of the disability determination redesign, Ohio will join the majority of states in having a single process for the application and determination of disability benefits