The Ohio Medicaid Waiver Program funds the services necessary to allow the individual to stay in his or her own home. These programs “waive” Medicaid regulations so individuals can use community-based programs that cost far less than nursing homes and other institutional residential settings. This program addresses the high cost of nursing home care and people’s desire to stay in their own homes.
Different Types of Ohio Medicaid Waiver Programs
The waiver programs available in Ohio are: Ohio Home Care, Assisted Living, PASSPORT, Level One, and Individual Options (IO) and Self Empowered Life Funding (SELF). The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services administers the Ohio Home Care waiver. The Ohio Department of Aging administers the Assisted Living and Passport waivers. The Ohio Department of Disabilities administers the Level One, IO and SELF waivers.
Eligibility For Ohio Medicaid Waiver Programs
Medical and financial eligibility qualifications must be met. To be medically eligible, one must need a level of care, such as skilled services, and must be capable of maintaining his or her health, safety and welfare in a community setting. Financial eligibility limits countable income to $2,199 per month (in 2015) and countable resources at $1,500. Countable resources do not include exempt resources, such as a personal residence, vehicle and prepaid funeral arrangements. A parents’ income and resources are not included in assessing a minor child’s eligibility for waiver.
Application For Ohio Medicaid Waiver Programs
Application for waiver is made with a “Request for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services,” also known as form number 02399. These forms are available at your local county department of job and family services, county board of developmental disabilities, area agency on aging, or www.mediaid.ohio.gov. Waiver services can vary depending on the program and individual needs. Such services can include nursing care, homemaker/personal care, home-delivered meals, respite care, adult day care, supported employment services, environmental accessibility and adaptations, emergency response systems and/or supplemental transportation.
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