Office of Health Transformation Update
October 21, 2015
Ohio Benefits for citizens seeking health coverage
Ohio Medicaid Director John McCarthy recently updated members of the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee on the continued progress of the new Ohio Benefits online eligibility system. Since going "live" on October 1, 2013, more than two million Ohioans have applied for Medicaid coverage online through the new system. Over the next two years, additional income-tested programs like nutrition assistance and temporary cash assistance for needy families will be moved onto the Ohio Benefits eligibility determination system. 

Dir. McCarthy's testimony
National report commends Ohio home and community based care
Ohio is one of three states highlighted in Tipping the Balance: The Balancing Incentive Program and State Progress on Rebalancing Their Long-Term Services and Supports. The report describes Ohio's progress toward achieving the "balancing benchmark" where community-based long-term services and supports (LTSS) account for at least 50 percent of total LTSS spending. The State of Ohio surpassed this spending target for home and community-based services in September 2014, one full year ahead of schedule.
Other News
Medicaid expansion: successful governance is hard work Forbes
Inclusion is key for those with disabilities Cleveland Plain Dealer
Community health centers growing in central Ohio Columbus Dispatch

Public notice on HCBS transition plan (updated 10/15/2015)
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