Office of Health Transformation Update
April 8, 2016
Ohio on track to simplify disability determination
Every year, about 50,000 Ohioans with a disability newly qualify for Medicaid coverage, including individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness. Today, these Ohioans have to prove they are disabled twice, once to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and again to receive Ohio Medicaid benefits. Beginning July 1, 2016, Ohio will accept the federal Social Security decision for SSI as a decision to also enroll that individual in Medicaid. Nearly two-thirds of Ohioans with a disability who qualify for Medicaid will come onto the program through the new, simplified, single disability determination process.
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