One Year Later: How Medicaid Expansion Has Helped Ohioans Get Covered

December 29, 2014

COLUMBUS, OH – January 1st marks the one year anniversary of Medicaid expansion in Ohio. Over the past year, more than 450,000 low- and moderate-income individuals and families in Ohio have secured health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid and increased awareness of eligibility through ramped up outreach and enrollment efforts.

“We are happy to see that thousands of Ohioans have already benefited from Medicaid expansion after the first year,” said Get Covered America Ohio State Director Trey Daly. “Even though this is great news, we know there is still a lot of work to do to educate uninsured Ohioans about their health care options under the Affordable Care Act. That’s why we’re dedicated to continuing our outreach efforts in the Buckeye State to let people know about every opportunity to find quality, affordable health coverage through Medicaid or the Health Insurance Marketplace.”

Under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, adults under the age of 65 with incomes up to 138% of the Federal poverty level ($16,105 for a household of one or $32,913 for a household of four) are eligible for Medicaid in states that elect to participate. Individuals and families enrolled in Medicaid receive free- or low-cost coverage and care.

Just like plans on the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid enrollees receive comprehensive coverage from private health insurance plans that cover services like hospital stays, doctor’s visits, preventive care, and prescription drugs.

Unlike private plans on the Marketplace that closes February, 15, 2015, enrollment in Medicaid is year round. To meet with a free, trained enrollment expert that can help with Medicaid enrollment, Ohioans can visit the Get Covered Connector:https://connector.getcoveredamerica.org/widget/.

To see the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s full report including a county breakdown of Ohio’s Medicaid enrollment, click here.

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